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The county mayor, previously known as the county executive or county judge, is the county's chief executive officer, elected by the public every four years. In Tennessee, the county mayor may either chair the county commission or hold veto power, but not both. Mayor Graham chairs the commission.
Chad D. Graham was elected as the first Republican Mayor of Bedford County on August 2, 2018.
Mayor Graham believes that county government has three primary responsibilities; Educate our kids, Provide public safety, and Support infrastructure that leaders to economic development. Chad is dedicated to promoting a vibrant local economy, strong neighborhoods, a high quality of life, a thriving downtown and a Better Bedford for all of us.
Mayor Graham has served Bedford County as the Director of Emergency Medical Services, 7th District School Board member, and president of the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association.
As director of Emergency Medical Services, he built a nationally ranked, high performance, Advanced Life Support EMS system to give the citizens of Bedford County “the best chance at the best outcomes” in a medical emergency.
Mayor Graham resigned his position as Director of EMS in February of 2014 to take on the role as practice administrator for a local physician group with the intention to run for county mayor in 2018.
Mayor Graham was born and raised right here in Bedford County just outside of Bell Buckle where his parents Danny and Joan Graham still live today. He is a product of the Bedford County public school system, graduating from Cascade High School in 1985. He served in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Huntsville’s paramedic program.
He was married to the late Denise “Punkin” Graham from Flat Creek, who died in 2021. They had two children, Nikita Graham Hampton and Daryl Graham.
Mayor Graham is a member of Edgemont Baptist Church.
Bedford County Courthouse
One Public Square North
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Fax: (931) 684-8697