There was much to celebrate at the recent 45th annual COAT conference held in Murfreesboro. While Bradley County Clerk Donna Simpson completed a successful year as the president of the County Officials Association of Tennessee, State Representative Kevin Brooks was awarded Outstanding Legislator of the Year by the statewide organization.
“It was a proud moment for me, as COAT president to honor one of our own, Rep. Kevin Brooks, as Legislator of the Year. Kevin Brooks is a great friend to county officials, not only in his district, but Statewide. His door is always open and we greatly appreciate his service to the State of Tennessee,” said Donna Simpson.
COAT festivities in Murfreesboro were full of Cleveland folks, with the County Clerk, her staff and family and the world-renowned Voices of Lee from Lee University. Rep. Brooks shared the evening with Sen. Brian Kelsey of Memphis, who received the same award for his work in the State Senate.
Rep. Brooks said, “It is wonderful to be here with so many folks from Cleveland, most importantly to have Mrs. Brooks here with me this evening. Now you all see why I keep getting re-elected, I have Mrs. Brooks as my wife and the Voices of Lee singing at our local events.”
“It is humbling to be recognized for your work, when all you try to do is what’s right. Thank you – to all our county officials – for what you do on a daily basis on the front lines of local government. Your work, in all ninety-five counties of Tennessee makes our work in Nashville possible. I share this award with all of you and especially my home team here from the Bradley County Courthouse.”
COAT is a nonprofit association of county clerks, state court clerks, registers of deeds and trustees. It was formed in 1968 to help county officials with respect to training and intergovernmental relations and also providing a resource for the sharing of information.