“I am honored to have received this award from an organization that has done so much for communities across Tennessee,” Watson said. “As an employee of the Sheriff’s Office, I know the importance of what our county officials do. They keep our communities safe and running on a day-to-day basis, and it is truly humbling to be recognized by the County Officials Association.”
Executive Director Jay West made the announcement, citing Watson’s service and dedication to Tennessee’s 95 counties and their officials.
COAT was formed in 1968 to serve coordinated efforts of county officials with respect to training and intergovernmental relations while providing a cooperative information sharing environment.
COAT is a nonprofit association of county clerks, state court clerks, registers and trustees.
Watson is serving his third term in the Tennessee General Assembly. He represents Meigs, Polk, and Bradley Counties, and resides in Cleveland, where he is a captain for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.