PHOTO: Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson in his office at the county administrative complex / Photo by Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
After nearly 16 years as county mayor, Rogers Anderson isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet, beginning his campaign in November to seek a fifth term.
Anderson said he is honored to have served as mayor for several terms.
“I feel like I’ve still got some gas in my tank to get some things fulfilled,” he said.
Originally from East Tennessee, he served in the Air Force in tours of African and Vietnam before returning home to attend the University of Tennessee. He majored in education and finance before working in commercial insurance.
He and his family made the move to Williamson County in the late 70s, where he continued his work in the insurance industry for 26 years.
Anderson’s family grew up in Grassland, where he helped found the Grassland Athletic Association along with former county executive Clint Callicott and former commissioner and current state Rep. Charles Sargent.
When Grassland Middle School opened in 1986, Anderson and others wanted an athletic organization for their children.
“Many people contributed to that through coaching,” he said. “It was more about the need for the children.”
Anderson began his journey into local politics by successfully running for the District 9 County Commission seat in 1986, later moving to and serving for District 10.
Anderson served as chairman of the commission for four years, later retiring from the insurance business before becoming county mayor in 2002.
Today, his priorities are still on providing for the younger generation in the community through schools and an environment that will allow them to continue living in or return to the county.
“I want to continue on with helping to provide a place that’s got a quality of life, schools, parks and recreation, and being a facilitator of helping to bring businesses here,” he said. “That hasn’t changed, that’s been around since I’ve been around.”
What has changed, Anderson said, is finding solutions to the problems caused by the rapid growth.
“Because of the success we’ve had, we’ve got to find solutions for mitigation of traffic,” he said.
He pointed to the 30,000 commuting in and out of Williamson County from Nashville each day.
“No one entity can fix it,” he said.
Committing $24 million to a roads study that identified major corridors, like Arno, Sneed, and Clovercroft Roads and Lynnwood Way, that need improvement was the first step.
Anderson chairs the Middle Tennessee Mayor’s Caucus, an organization that seeks to find solutions on issues from traffic to solid waste dispersal.
Anderson also said he will continue to maintain the high quality of county schools and low crime ratings by supporting the sheriff’s office.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business and education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Family: Five children: Ryan, Travis, Laura, Wes and Russ and nine grandchildren – Olivia, McCabe, Molly, Cole, Audrey, Evangaline, Scott, Raleigh and Iris.
Community involvement: Member of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Noon Rotary, Workforce Essentials Board, Williamson County Economic Development Council, Leadership Franklin Alumni, and Franklin Tomorrow Board, etc.
Address: 708 Dorris Court, Franklin
Visit his website here.
The county Republican and Democratic primary is Tuesday, May 1 at regular polling locations.