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Georgia Lynch stepping down from clerk’s office

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After more than 30 years in the Rutherford County Clerk’s office, Georgia Lynch is calling it a day and stepping down from the post she’s held for the past seven years.

Lynch was elected as Rutherford County Clerk, the office responsible for collecting the wheel tax among other fees, in 2002, after working for 27 years as the chief deputy clerk.

“I’m ready and it’s time to turn it over to somebody else,” she said about her decision not to run for re-election next year.

County Clerk is just one of many county offices that will be up for election next year. County mayor, board of commissioners and school board are also on the ballot, along with a host of state and national offices.

No other office holders have announced their intentions to run for re-election, but Lisa Harrell, who has worked in the clerk’s office for 31 years, threw her hat into the ring earlier this week when she declared her intention to run for county clerk.

“I’m endorsing her 100 percent …” Lynch said. “She knows it. I feel safe saying she can come in and take over with no problem.”

Harrell said she wants to continue the work Lynch has done over the years making a visit to the clerk’s office as pleasant as possible.

Lynch said her biggest accomplishment is seeing a new, larger county clerk’s office approved for Smyrna.

The county recently awarded bids for the project to Dyer & Bogger Construction from Hendersonville. The project is estimated to cost around $800,000 and be completed in the spring of 2010.

“This will help the north end of the county so much,” she said, adding the current clerk’s office in Smyrna is small and has heavy traffic. The new office will significantly cut down waiting times.

Customer service has been a mainstay of Lynch’s administration since she took over the office.

“I made up my mind when I was county clerk the employees should do everything they could and go out of their way to help customers,” Lynch said.

“I firmly believe if you have a smile on your face and the customer doesn’t they will when they leave,” she said with a laugh.

She said she’s tried hard to run the office well and make visits as easy as possible for the citizens of Rutherford County and now she wants to spend more time with her two grandsons and her husband, Tommy.
  Upcoming elections...

Aug. 27
Special Election Primary to:

- Fill vacated state House of Representatives District 62 seat

Oct. 13
Special Election to:

- Fill vacated state House of Representatives District 62 seat

April 20, 2010
Murfreesboro City General Election for:

- City Mayor,
- Council seats held by David Edwards, Shane McFarland and Doug Young, and
- City school board held by Ray Butrum, David Hooper and Mary Wade.

May 4, 2010
County Primary (if called) for:

- County Mayor,
- Trustee,
- Sheriff,
- Circuit Court Clerk,
- County Clerk,
- Registrar of Deeds,
- Board of Commissioners,
- School Board Zones 1, 4 and 7, and
- Road Board zones 2, 4 and 5

Aug. 5, 2010
State Primary for:

- State Senate District 13 seat,
- All state house seats,
- Governor,
- US House 6th Congressional District and
- Committee members from Democratic and Republican parties
County General election for:
- County Mayor,
- Trustee,
- Sheriff,
- Circuit Court Clerk,
- County Clerk,
- Registrar of Deeds,
- Board of Commissioners,
- School Board Zones 1, 4 and 7, and
- Road Board zones 2, 4 and 5

Nov. 2, 2010
State General Election for:

- State Senate District 13 seat,
- All state house seats,
- Governor,
- US House 6th Congressional District and
- City elections for Eagleville, La Vergne and Smyrna
 

“I’d like to just go and start driving and take as long as I want to take and not worry about anything,” she said.

Michelle Willard can be contacted at 615-869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.
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Members Opinions:
July 12, 2009 at 1:14pm
I am sad to see Ms. Lynch go. She runs a very good office and customers are helped quite efficiently.
July 12, 2009 at 2:10pm
Georgia, you're a peach as a courteous public servant. Your staff radiates your winning personality.
July 14, 2009 at 8:01am
Ms. Lynch, you will be greatly missed! Thank you for your many years of great service!
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