Jeff Young announces candidacy
Jeff Young has announced his decision to run for office, qualifying to run for the seat of the Bradley County Circuit Court Clerk subject to the May first, Republican primary.
Young is a former law enforcement officer for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Cleveland Police Department. He specialized in traffic accident/crash investigations.
While working for the Cleveland Police Department on July 1, 1989, Young investigated one of the most tragic, single-vehicle car crashes in the city’s history. A Chevrolet Corvette carrying five passengers left the roadway on Interstate 75 at Paul Huff Parkway, killing four of them. Three young adults from three of Cleveland’s prominent family’s lost there children that day. As a traffic accident crash re-constructionist and law enforcer, Young worked closely with attorneys, judges, Sessions Court, juvenile court and the circuit courts. He is familiar with the Clerk's Office and procedures from years of work.
Young attended numerous schools, training classes and seminars over the years that involved all aspects of police training and investigations. Some include Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Major Crime scene investigations, Basic SWAT training TLETA, Advanced SWAT training Fort Campbell, Ky., Hazardous Materials Technician for the state of Tennessee, Traffic accident reconstruction – Institute of police technology and management, NTSB response to transportation incidents, Fire/arson fatality fire scene investigations, Terrorism Consequence and management, Response to Terrorist Bombings.
In 1994, Young was appointed as the director of the Cleveland/ County Emergency Management Agency. During 10 years of service, Young managed over a 100 full-time and volunteer personnel in the Rescue Service, Bradley County Fire Department and Hazardous Material response Unit. He handled million dollar budgets and is fully aware of the budget process for the county, city and state governments.
Young, along with Joe Wilson “E-911 director” worked closely with the Cleveland, Bradley County Communications Board, and the Bradley County 911 Board to bring both emergency service entities to state of the art in Communications equipment and offices. In 1997 both departments moved and consolidated to there new and current headquarters on Guthrie Drive N.W. Both were recognized as one of the Tennessee’s best.
While director, Young served on many boards and committees which include the emergency E-911 board, Olin/Arch chemicals company, community advisory panel, Bradley County Technology committee, past member International Association of Emergency Managers, National Emergency Number Association, Tennessee Homeland Security District three committee member, chairman of Cleveland/Bradley County “local” Homeland security committee, Tennessee Emergency Managers Association,
“Two years ago I went to the Clerk's Office to retrieve some copies of some legal documents,” he said. “I was told it would be several days before I could pick them up because the employees would have to hand search through boxes for the paperwork. I was astonished the Circuit Court Clerk's Office was so far behind on technology, and capabilities.
“I spoke to several attorneys and they told me that this was a common issue with the office. So for the past 20 years nothing much has changed with the Clerk's Office they said,” Young noted.
“I pledge to fix this issue and many others. It’s time for our local and out of town attorneys to be able to retrieve legal documents online from the Clerks Office, and return them to be processed. Life is busy enough without having to spend the time or sending a courier to the Courthouse to pickup paper work.
“I look forward to serving the citizens of Bradley County once again, and I will be available for you. I will be your full-time Circuit Court clerk,” Young said.
Young has four children, Wil, Jake, Matt and Lee Young, and a grandson, Eli.
He attends Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Early voting starts April 11 and runs through April 26, with the primary on May 1.
“I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues for your encouragement and support in this important endeavor,” Young said.
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