On April 20, 2021, Steve Coble tendered his resignation as Smith County Road Superintendent to Mayor Jeff Mason. Mr. Coble was appointed by the County Commission to succeed his father in 2011 and was subsequently elected in 2012, 2016, and 2020.
During his tenure, Mr. Coble oversaw a staff of 20+ people and the 464 miles of road belonging to the county. Mr. Coble had an open-door policy for the people of Smith County and was always willing to discuss anything to do with the road system.
The County Commission will now have the task of appointing a new Road Superintendent to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Coble until a special election can be held in August 2022 for the remaining two years on the term.
The Road Superintendent position has state-mandated requirements. All interested parties will need to be approved as qualified by the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board before the commission may have a vote. You may read more about the state-mandated qualifications here. Due to this process, appointing a new Road Superintendent will take some time for the commission.