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Assessor of Property | Circuit Court Clerk | Clerk & Master | County Court Clerk | County Mayor | General Sessions Judge | Register of Deeds | Road Supervisor | Sheriff | Trustee

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Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall
Assessor of Property
1 Court Square, Room 104
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-7615

Assessor of Property

The assessor’s duties include two basic functions: appraisal and assessment of taxable real and personal property in the county that is not appraised by the state. After the assessor has determined the appraised value of property in the county, the assessed value is calculated. The assessor also appraises and assesses taxable tangible personal property. Assessors are also required to maintain the property maps of the county. Contact the Assessor of Property's Office

 

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Sam Rainwaters
Circuit Court Clerk
1 Court Square, Room 107
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-6165 or (731) 584-6711

Circuit Court Clerk

Circuit court is a court of record and all felony criminal cases and civil cases over 25,000 dollars are handled through that court. General sessions is a court of misdemeanor criminal charges and civil cases under 25, 000. For example, any rental disputes, recovery of personal property, etc is handled in general sessions and criminal cases such as worthless checks, DUI, assaults, speeding, etc. is handled in general sessions. All records are open to the public, except for juvenile files. Some of the clerks' duties include the following: (1) attending each court session with all the papers for the cases on the docket; (2) administering oaths to parties and witnesses who testify; (3) keeping minutes of the court in a well-bound book or in an electronic format so long as certain rules relating to the safekeeping of the records are followed; (4) maintaining the rule docket and an execution docket in which all court judgments or decrees are entered in order of rendition and all receipts and disbursements in a case are entered; (5) maintaining indexes for all books and dockets that are kept by the office; and (6) investing funds pursuant to T.C.A. ? 18-5-106. T.C.A. ?? 18-5-102, 18-1- 105. Contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office

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Tim Burrus
Clerk & Master
1 Court Square, Room 206
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-4435

Clerk & Master

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Wanda Marlin
Wanda Malin
County Court Clerk
1 Court Square, Room 101
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-4640 Fax
(731) 584-6053

County Court Clerk

The county clerk, formerly the county court clerk, was a statutory official for many decades prior to becoming a constitutional office in the 1978 amendments to the Tennessee Constitution. The county clerk is elected to a four-year term in the August general election in the same even-numbered year that the governor is elected. The county clerk performs a wide variety of functions, which generally include: (1) keeping the official records of the county legislative body; (2) collecting certain local and state taxes (such as local wheel taxes, local hotel/motel taxes, beer taxes, business taxes, and vehicle registration fees); (3) issuing motor vehicle titles and registrations; (4) issuing marriage licenses; (5) issuing business licenses; (6) processing applications for beer permits; (7) processing applications for notaries public; (8) issuing pawnbroker licenses; and (9) issuing hunting and fishing licenses. The county clerk receives fees for the services rendered by the office. Contact the County Clerk's Office


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Barry Barnett
Barry Barnett
Mayor
1 Court Square, Room 102
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-9718 Fax
(731) 584-6011

County Mayor

As chief executive officer of the county, the county mayor exercises a role of leadership in county government. The primary duties focus on county financial management. The county mayor is the general agent of the county and thus may draw warrants upon the general fund unless otherwise provided in an optional general law or county charter. The county mayor has custody of county property not placed with other officers, and may also examine the accounts of county officers. The Benton county mayor is the chief financial officer of the county. Contact the County Mayor's Office


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John Whitworth
1 Court Square, Room 208
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-2181 Fax
(731) 584-4685

General Sessions Judge


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Buck Carter
Buck Carter
Road Supervisor
248 Natchez Trace Road
Camden, TN 38320
(731)
584-6145

Road Supervisor

The responsibility of the Benton County Road Supervisor is the safety of the traveling public. The Road Department is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of all roads, bridges and road signs that are under the jurisdiction of Benton County. The Road Department is constantly improving whether it be pavement or gravel while taking every measure possible to improve the road network in Benton County.  Contact the Road Supervisor's Office


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Kenny Christopher
Kenny Christopher
Sheriff
116 Rosemary Avenue | PO Box 56
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-8963 Fax
(731)
584-4632

Sheriff

The office of sheriff is ancient in origin; its beginning can be traced back centuries to medieval England. The office of sheriff has been provided for in each of Tennessee’s three constitutions (1796, 1835 and 1870) and was retained in the latest amendment in 1978. The sheriff is elected to a four-year term in the August general election in the same year in which the governor is elected. The duties of the sheriff are described primarily in general law codified in the Tennessee Code Annotated and fall generally into three basic areas: (1) conservator of the peace/law enforcement, (2) civil process, and (3) corrections. Contact the County Sheriff's Office

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Sonya Volz
Sonya Volz
Register of Deeds
1 Courtroom Square, Room 105
Camden, TN 38320
(731)
584-6661

Register of Deeds

The register is elected to a four-year term of office in the August general election in the same year that the governor is elected. The primary function of the register is to make and preserve a record of instruments required or allowed by law to be filed or recorded, including but not limited to deeds, powers of attorney, deeds of trust, mortgages, liens, contracts, plats, leases, judgments, wills, court orders, military discharges, records under the Uniform Commercial Code (primarily fixture filings), and other types of documents. The register's office is in the county seat, and the records and papers must remain in the office at all times. Contact the Register of Deed's Office


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Sherry Beasley
Sherry Beasley
County Trustee
1 Courtroom Square, Room 103
Camden, TN 38320
(731) 584-2945 Fax
(731)
584-6211

Trustee

The trustee is elected to a four-year term of office in the August general election in same year that the governor is elected. The trustee serves three primary functions: (1) collecting all county property taxes; (2) keeping a fair regular account of all money received; and (3) investing temporarily idle county funds. In addition, the trustee disburses sales tax revenues and may collect municipal property taxes and other state and local taxes. The trustee generally acts as treasurer for the county, receiving and paying out funds. The trustee must keep a detailed account of these transactions. The trustee receives funds for the county from various sources, including the fees of the county “fee” officials. The trustee has an important role in the disbursement of county funds. Contact the County Trustee's Office

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