About Me
Leon E. Humphrey

Leon E. Humphrey is a life-long Carter County resident. Born in October, 1959 in Elizabethton, Leon grew up in rural Watauga. His father, Leo, was a carpenter; his mother, Gladys, was a homemaker. The Humphreys instilled in their children the importance of Faith in God, Family and Community. They stressed that material gains came through determination, hard work and fairness to others.

As a teenager, Leon enjoyed competing in club events, and it was a 4-H Congress in Nashville that sparked his interest in local government. Leon went on to attend East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and paid his way, first as a laborer for Cornett Construction Company, and later as a machine operator for Thor Power Tool in Johnson City. He graduated from ETSU in 1982 with a BS in Political Science and a Teaching Certificate.

After that, Leon earned 25 years experience in business management. His job titles have included Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Assurance Manager and Director, Environmental Compliance Manager and Engineering Manager. He has directed teams of up to 60 employees.

A strong believer in self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship, Leon has owned his own business and worked as an independent contractor. As a real estate broker, he successfully negotiated over 200 contracts.

Leon has served as Carter County Mayor since September 1, 2010. As the county’s Chief Executive Officer he currently sits on the following boards: Alliance for Business & Training, First Tennessee Development District, First Tennessee Human Resource Agency, Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency and Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership. Understanding the importance of continuing education, Leon sought and received the Certified Public Administrator designation from the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service in April 2013.

Leon has never sought higher office out of personal interest, choosing to stay close to his family and community. Leon and wife Bernadette care deeply about Carter County, as it is their home. For information about Leon’s record in office and his political beliefs, see “My Stance on the Issues.”

Education & Work Experience


Elizabethton High School 1974-1978

East Tennessee State University 1978-1982
Bachelor of Science Degree
(Political Science & Education)

Certified Public Administrator
UT Institute for Public Service

500+ Hours of Continuing Education


Over 25 years managing and directing the daily work activities of up to 60 employees while maintaining overall product quality and achieving the highest production efficiency possible. Served as Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Assurance Director & Manager, Environmental Compliance and Engineering Manager. A small business owner, independent contractor and affiliate real estate broker. Successfully negotiated and closed over two hundred real estate contracts. A leader that is goal oriented and results driven.

Currently serving on the following regional boards:

  • Alliance of Business & Training-Vice President
  • First Tennessee Development District*
  • First Tennessee Human Resource Agency*
  • *Have served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer
  • Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency
  • Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership

If you have questions or need additional information, please give me a call at (423) 747-1180 or send email to mayor@cartercountymayor.com.

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