District 17 Commissioner Bert Spearman
Spearman was elected by the Lawrence County Board of Commissioners on January 5, 2010 to serve out the term as County Commissioner representing District 17, due to the seat becoming vacant. In the August 2010 County General Election, Spearman ran unopposed for a four (4) year term. In the August 2014 County General Election, Spearman ran with opposition from a local attorney, and won another four (4) year term.
Spearman, a retired Real Estate Broker, Master Auctioneer and Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser in Tennessee and Alabama, has resided with his wife Donna Kaye Dorsey Spearman in Lawrenceburg for 53 years and are members of Calvary Hill Church of God. They have three children; Kerri Ann Little (deceased), Andy Spearman, who teaches musical string instruments and Debbie Scott, who teaches first grade at Ingram Sowell School. They also have eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren. Spearman is a member of the Lawrenceburg Gideons Camp, and serves as President from 2011 to 2013.
Spearman is a certified graduate from Tennessee Real Estate Education System (TREES), noted nationwide as one of the best accredited providers for real estate brokers and appraiser training. Spearman served on the Veterans Administration panel of appraisers for eleven southern middle Tennessee counties, and also, was registered on the Federal Roster as a FHA Appraiser. Spearman secured 60 hours of class room study at the University of North Alabama, in which he successfully passed the Federal Aviation exam, and went on the become a license private pilot in 1993.
In 1961 through 1964, Spearman served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, where he received an honorable discharge. At present Spearman is a 33 year member of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors as President Elect. He and his wife Donna Kaye are Rotary Multi-Level Paul Harris Fellows. He is also a member of Lawrenceburg Masonic Lodge, Nashville Scottish Rite, and Life member of the Shrines International - Nashville Al Menah Shriners, a 2011/12 graduate of Leadership Lawrence and 2012 Alumni of the University of Tennessee - Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership "Local Government Leadership Program."
On April 11, 2013, in a graduation services, The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service, through the County Technical Assistance Service, and in cooperation with the County Officials Association hereby, confers upon Spearman the designation of "CERTIFIED PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR".
Spearman's experience in government comes from serving on a number of boards within Lawrence County and the City of Lawrenceburg; Former member and chair person of the "Lawrenceburg Regional Planning Commission" for 6 years, former member and chair person for over 20 years on the "Lawrenceburg-Lawrence County Airport Board", past president and chair person of the board of the "Lawrence County Senior Citizens" from 1981 to 1987, former charter member of the "Lawrenceburg Industrial Development Board", former member and chair person of the "Lawrence County Solid Waste Board".
Commissioner Spearman presently serves as chair person of the Lawrence County Regional Planning Commission - Special Impact, and Nonprofit & Charitable, in April 2013 was elected chair person of the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, member of the Board of the Tennessee Southern Railroad Authority, also serves as a commission member on the Facilities, Rules, Public Safety, Jail & Judicial Committee and Purchasing Committee.
District 17 Commissioner
331 Robbins Street
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Phone: (931) 762-7145