Putnam County Mayor
As Putnam County Mayor since 2014, Randy Porter brings 40 years of leadership and technical experience to Putnam County. Randy began working for Putnam County in 1980 as a Paramedic. In 1983 he was promoted to Emergency Medical Services/911 Director and served in that capacity for 30 years. During that same time frame, he also served stints as County Coroner, Infectious Disease Program Administrator and Technology Director.
Mayor Porter is committed to making Putnam County the strongest and best it can be. Since taking office in 2014, Putnam County has seen major growth with over 5,000 new jobs, multiple new international and national companies moving here, along with major retail expansion including the new $50 million Shoppes at Eagle Point. Additionally, the county has experienced a residential building boom with over 1,500 new homes being built between 2014 and 2021. Fiscal year 2021-2022 set an all-time record on building with almost 90 million in construction which does not include the four cities inside Putnam. In December 2018, Mayor Porter announced the largest project in Putnam County history with luxury tile manufacturer Portobello investing $150 million in a new manufacturing, distribution and corporate headquarters bringing 230 new jobs.
One of Porter’s most cherished accomplishments was being on the original steering committee that brought Enhanced 911 to Putnam County. Randy was the first Chairman of the Putnam County Emergency Communications District Board which oversees all 911 operations in our county. Randy served as chairman of the board until 1991 when he became the 911 Executive Director.
Randy, a longtime resident of Putnam County, has two Associate Degrees, one in Business Administration with a minor in accounting, the other in Applied Science (Paramedic) from Volunteer State College, with Extended Studies in Business at Tennessee Tech University. He is a Certified Public Administrator and is the first County Mayor in Tennessee to become a “Certified County Financial Officer” a new designation made by the State Comptroller’s office.
Randy has been married to his wife, Melanie, for 35 years. They have one daughter, Paige, and a granddaughter, Avery. Randy and Melanie attend Scott Avenue Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Deacons and Treasurer.
My mission is to continue to make Putnam County a great place to live, work and raise our families. It’s an honor to serve as your County Mayor.
Putnam County Mayor