County Trustee

Welcome to the Jefferson County Trustee's Office. The Trustee acts as general banker and treasurer of the county, collecting property taxes, maintaining records of revenues, and investing surplus funds.

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Trustee PortraitThe Jefferson County trustee is elected at large for a four-year term. The current trustee is Ginger R Franklin. Ginger has served as Trustee since Sept. 1, 1994. Serving as trustee, Ginger has invested the county’s idle money, earning over $8.7 million for the county. The money earned has helped keep a low tax rate and is deposited directly to the debt service fund which is used to pay on the county debt.

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The Jefferson County Trustee’s office is located in the Jefferson County Courthouse, 202 West Main, Dandridge, Tennessee. The mailing address is:

P O Box 38
Dandridge, TN 37725.

Phone: (865) 397-2101
Fax: (865) 471-1939
email address: trustee@jeffersoncountytn.gov

Office hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. February office hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The last Saturday in February of each year 8 – 11 a.m.

The Trustee’s Office serves as the treasurer for Jefferson County Government. The three primary functions of the Trustee’s office are:

1. Collect taxes on real and personal property.
2. Maintain the records of all revenue received by the county government.
3. Invest any idle money.

The trustee acts as the general banker for the county, serving three primary functions. First, the trustee sends out statements for property taxes, one of the county’s most important revenue sources, and then collects these taxes and issues receipts.

Second, the trustee receives and disburses county funds, keeping accurate records for each transaction. Revenues are identified by use of a uniform chart of accounts authorized by the Comptroller’s office and administered by the county audit division. Disbursements of county funds are made on official county checks that are issued on the County Trustee’s bank account.

The trustee must maintain a permanent record of every check written by each department. The trustee files monthly and annual financial reports.

A third important function of the county trustee is managing the cash flow of the county, and investing idle cash funds. The primary purpose of investing idle cash funds is to reduce the burden on the taxpayers. Investments must be made according to state law.