Alford has been elected by the full Commission as chairman for the past five years. He has held this position longer than any other chairman in Commission history.
As chairman, Alford serves as an ex-officio member of all Commission committees. He attends and participates in most committee meetings in addition to chairing the weekly meeting of the Commission.
Alford actively works toward solutions to issues facing the Commission. He was integral in securing the contract for Animal Control, saving taxpayers more than $100,000 annually.
In 2012, Alford spearheaded the effort to build the Farmers Market North by securing grants and private donations.
Alford was elected to the Bradley County Commission in 2006. He is on the Economic Development Board and represents our county at the Southeast Tennessee Regional Planning Organization. He is also on the Tri-State Exhibition Center board of directors and the Fire Board. He has also served as chairman of the Emergency Services Board, as a member on the Keep America Beautful board of directors, the Building and Land Committee and the Education Committee.
Alford has been the chairman of the Foothills Country Fair Board since the fair began in 2004. He’s been a member of the North Lee Ruritan Club since 1992 and the Cherokee Too Ruritan Club. He has served as club officer several times.
He was District Ruritan of the Year in 2003, and was inducted into the District Ruritan Hall of Fame in 2004 and The Cleveland Old Timers Club Hall of Fame in Football in 2004.
He and his wife, Nancy, are retired from Bradley County Schools and are members of a local Methodist Church. They are both extremely proud of their three children and their spouses, and their eight grandchildren.
“I have been honored to serve as the commissioner for the 2nd District and I humbly ask that the residents of the district support me for another term. My first priority is to preserve the quality of life we all enjoy,” Alford said.