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Penny Petty



I was born and raised in Hamblen County. I graduated from Morristown Hamblen High School West in 1975. I am married to William Donald Petty of Claiborne County and have one son Scotty NeSmith and his wife Sara who presently resides in Texas. I have one stepson, Marty Petty and his wife Jeanie and two sons, Zack and Trevor, of Rogersville.


I began my public service in 1985 with Driver's License Division as a License Examiner. From 1998-2001 I was a new examiner trainer at the THP training center and at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. I became a certified CDL Examiner in 1999.  I served as Driver's License Supervisor for offices in 8 East Tennessee counties from 1998-2001. I was  responsible for training the County Clerk who was the first clerk in East Tennessee to issue driver's licenses. I also helped create the driver's license handbook for clerks and received several certifications in Customer Service.


I began working at the County Clerk's office as a bookkeeper in 2001 and was promoted to Chief Deputy Clerk in 2006. I completed the Certified Public Administrator (COCTP) from the University of Tennessee in 2009. I have served as treasurer for the Hamblen County Republican's Women for three years.


As Chief Deputy I have been responsible for the supervision of two locations of the County Clerk's office with up to 18 employees. During my time as Chief Deputy, I have been responsible for training and launching many updated programs for the Clerk's office. These include passport training and yearly re-certification for all passport clerks, the electronic voting system for the Hamblen County Commission, printing titles in the office which allows most customers to receive title within 7-10 days,  computerizing the marriage and notary systems, issuing birth certificates, and the new license decal printing system.


I worked to have marriage licenses, County Commission minutes and motor vehicle titling information scanned for future reference. I am the IT person for both the County Clerk and mall offices as well as IT person for driver's license issuance at the mall office. I work closely with Nashville to keep up-to-date on current motor vehicle law.