Simpson announces candidacy for re-election as county clerk
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Donna Alley Simpson has announced her candidacy for re-election as Bradley County Clerk. Simpson is subject to the May 6 republican primary.

“Serving as your Bradley County Clerk is truly my pleasure and honor. We strive to continuously improve our operations to provide the most efficient service possible and I am extremely proud of the office and the services we offer,” Simpson said.

Since being elected in 1998, Simpson has expanded services offered in the office. Bradley County citizens can now conduct virtually all county clerk business online or by mail if preferred for their convenience.

Services offered online include license plate renewals, handicap placard renewals, applications for new business licenses, notary applications and the initial information for completion of marriage licenses. Citizens may also request a certified copy of a marriage certificate online, which has been particularly helpful to folks who may have married here but no longer live here.

Simpson says all of these services are usually received, processed and mailed within 48 hours.

“Of course, my staff and I are always available to assist anyone who still needs or wants to do business in person at the courthouse or use regular postal mail rather than online services,” Simpson said. “We want to offer options and convenience with the latest technology and services the state offers.”

Simpson’s office just became connected in “real time” with the state of Tennessee motor vehicle system so that applications for lost titles and notings of lien update on the system as soon as the transaction is completed. This allows the customer to receive the duplicate title while they are in the office instead waiting for the title to be mailed.

“As soon as the state offered this real time technology, we signed on to serve our citizens better,” Simpson said.

Also since being elected, Simpson has started issuing disabled placards locally and began accepting credit cards.

Simpson also serves as the Clerk of the Bradley County Commission and the minutes to those meetings are maintained and available for viewing both in her office and on the county’s website at www.bradleyco.net.

Since elected, Simpson has operated her office under budget every year, including upgrades and improvements. County departments are audited annually by law and Simpson’s office has received a sound financial audit every year.

“I want to acknowledge my dedicated staff and express my appreciation for their hard work, loyalty and support,” Simpson said. “No elected official would get very far without a professional staff to serve the public.”

Simpson recently completed her service as president of the County Officials Association of Tennessee. She was named Outstanding County Official by the organization in 2011. COAT honored Simpson in 2004 as Outstanding County Clerk for the state of Tennessee. She currently serves on the COAT board of directors as past president. She served as state president for the Tennessee Association of County Clerks in 2006-07 and was honored by that organization as Tennessee’s County Clerk of the Year in 2007.

In 2007 she successfully completed the Local Government Leadership Program which is sponsored by the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service. She is past chair of the Tennessee County Clerk’s Organ Donor Awareness Foundation.

In May 2000, Simpson earned the designation of Certified Public Administrator from the University of Tennessee Center for Government Training and has been recertified each year since. She has accumulated more than 500 hours of continuing education credits.

Before serving as county clerk, Simpson worked in the county clerk’s office for 10 years. She holds an associate of applied science degree from the legal assistance program at Cleveland State Community College. A native of Bradley County, she is a graduate of Bradley Central High School. She is active in community theatre as well as drama ministries at First Baptist Church, where she and her family are members. Simpson has been a United Way volunteer for the past several years, serving as campaign chair for the government division. She is married to Rick Simpson and has one son, Corey and a stepdaughter, Courtney.

“I appreciate the confidence placed in me by the people of Bradley County and will continue to provide quality, efficient and effective service,” Simpson said. “I encourage everyone to exercise their right and privilege to vote and would appreciate your vote in the May primary and the August general election.”