He, however, has announced he will seek election as county commissioner in the 1st District, subject to the upcoming May 6 Republican Primary election.
As road superintendent, Collins said he has been instrumental in bringing Bradley County roads to the high standards that they are today. He said the experience and professionalism he brought to the office created a high standard of work ethics in the ranks.
During his tenure, 745 miles of road have been paved with hot mix asphalt that has a longer lifespan than the mixes used previously.
More than 30 deficient bridges have been replaced throughout the county to make the roads safer for the traveling public. Intersection improvements, guardrail projects, signalization, sight distance correction, signage and other numerous safety projects have been completed under Collins’ supervision.
He has worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to receive money for several projects to benefit the citizens of Bradley County.
Collins would like to continue to serve the citizens of Bradley County by serving as a county commissioner for the 1st District. His 40 years of experience in state and local government give him an insight into the operations of Bradley County government.
He noted his fiscally conservative values have been an asset in the responsibility for and execution of a $6.5 million dollar budget. If elected as commissioner, he will bring this same virtue to the operations of county government.
He has lived in the Hopewell/Prospect/McDonald communities for the past 58 years.
Collins has two children, a son, Todd Collins, and his wife, Danielle, and a daughter, Shannon Collins, both of Bradley County. He also has four grandchildren he said he “loves to spoil on a regular basis.” He attends White Oak Baptist Church, where his son is the pastor. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing, four-wheeling, woodworking and anything outdoors.
“Having lived in the 1st District for 58 years, I feel that I am very much in touch with the needs of the people of the 1st District, and, if elected to this position, I will serve with the diligence and fidelity that I have in the past. I would appreciate your vote and support in the upcoming election,” Collins said.