For 12 years, Lewis served as road superintendent.
During his tenure as road superintendent, 22 deficient bridges in Bradley County were replaced through securing an 80/20 grant, with 20 percent being in-kind services without using local tax dollars.
Also during his time in the office, a 100 percent state litter grant was secured and was awarded by being designated the best litter grant in the state for three years. During his time, road name signs were erected on all county roads through state funding.
Lewis worked jointly with the Sessions Court and local law enforcement agencies, after the closing of the local workhouse, to put inmates back to work.
Lewis said the Misdemeanor Program through the Bradley County/Cleveland community courts program was implemented on his watch. The program is self sufficient with no cost to local taxpayers.
He also served as president of the Tennessee State Highway Officials Association.
Lewis’ qualifications for road superintendent include studying safety and finance/budgeting at Cleveland State Community College; serving as county safety director for four years; being certified as a heavy equipment operator; and working as supervisor and heavy equipment operator for three major companies with major construction projects that included roads and steel electrical towers for power lines and substations.
Lewis is married to Penny Burns Lewis.
He is a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Cleveland Masonic Lodge 134, the Scottish Rite, the Alhambra Shrine and American Legion Post 81.
He serves on the board of directors for the Southeast Tennessee Community Corrections Program.
“My background and career working with three major contractors on various road construction projects, specifically with heavy equipment, provides me with the understanding and working knowledge to save taxpayer dollars and get the job done,” Lewis said.
“Let my lifetime of experience work for you,” he said.
“Feel free to contact me at 240-8376,” he added.