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Photo by Hatcher & FellPatrick (Pat) Smith has announced he is a candidate for the office of Register of Deeds of Cheatham County. Smith, a lifelong county resident, currently owns a small consulting firm where his work focuses on assisting non-profit organizations. He has over 25 years of experience working with state and local governments including time working with the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service where he served as legal consultant to the Registers of Deeds statewide.

“My experiences in both the public and private sectors give me a unique set of skills and training to provide excellent service to our citizens. I think we need a ‘fresh start’ and a high standard in the office,” Smith said. “All I need is a cup of coffee and I’m ready to do the job from day one.”

Smith said his priorities will be to efficiently operate the office in a cost-effective manner, provide a highly professional and well-trained staff to respectfully serve the citizens, and explore increased use of technology.

Smith formerly served on the Ashland City Council and is active with the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Historical and Genealogical Association and has volunteered with the Christmas Anonymous program. In 2013, Smith was the recipient of the National Guard Association of Tennessee Community Service award for his work on behalf of military connected children. Smith drafted, advocated for and helped secure passage in the Tennessee General Assembly of legislation that ensures children of military parents receive excused absences from school for the purposes of visiting deployed parents whether overseas or within the United States.

Smith and his wife Lisa live in Ashland City and have two adult daughters, and one grandson. He attended Cheatham County public schools and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the Nashville School of Law.

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