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Goodall seeks re-election as Wilson County clerk

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Jim Goodall, a lifelong resident of Wilson County, announced his candidacy for re-election for Wilson County clerk. 

Goodall is a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy.  He attended Cumberland University and Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied business.  He has attained the degree of certified public administrator through the University of Tennessee Center for Government Training.

Goodall was on the founding board of directors of the Tennessee Organ Donor Awareness Program, where he received the Outstanding Dedication and Service Award. He also served on the board of directors of the County Official Association of Tennessee. He has served on numerous legislative committees though the years, helping to improve legislation that affect the citizens of Wilson County. He also serves as chairman of the Wilson County Public Records Commission and is an active member of the Wilson County Farm Bureau. Goodall was active in youth sports throughout Wilson County and Tennessee.  He coached various sports for 26 years.

Goodall operates a full-time county clerk’s office in Mt. Juliet, two full-time offices in Lebanon and a part-time office in Watertown.

“We are now serving more than 120,000 residents, and 53,000 more than when I first took office, with revenues of more than $12 million a year,” Goodall said. “With the number of people we now serve, we must strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology. We have developed a website, which allows our residents to renew their vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This, along with our mail-in program, cuts down on the lines in the office. It also allows you to print forms that pertain to vehicle transactions that saves time and trips. We have links that direct you to many things that help with you needs.

“We are now printing most of the titles in our office and are able to hand duplicate titles over the counter in both the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet offices. This change has allowed us to retain additional fees for Wilson County that were previously collected by the state of Tennessee. To date, we have printed 350,000 titles since this service began, collecting more than $2.7 million in fees for Wilson County. We have expedited the time it takes for people to receive their title tremendously. I am the only officeholder with a full-time satellite office for the residents of West Wilson County. I have worked my entire elected career to improve the service we provide for the residents of West Wilson County. I am proud of the staff in the Mt. Juliet office and the friendly service they provide. I hope this office has been of great benefit to the people we now serve.  

“At this time, we are the only passport agents in Wilson County, and we process them as a service to the residents of Wilson County. This past year, we have processed more than 1,400 passports and were able to collect the revenue for Wilson County.

“I have partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to now add driver’s license services to my 129 S. College St. location. These services are limited to renewing, duplicates and change of information on non-commercial licenses. We have had a great response to this addition, mostly due to the quick service offered there. This location also handles business licenses, marriage licenses and notaries. 

“Although we are running unopposed, I sincerely ask for your vote and support. Out of respect for your time and privacy, I will not have people on site at early voting or people working the polls on Election Day. This has always been my policy.”

Goodall and his wife, Marcia, have been married 41 years. They have four children, Stacie Wahl, Stephanie (Mike) Morgan, Stephen (Brandi) Goodall and Scott Goodall. They have seven grandchildren, Avery Wahl, Turner and Chaney Heath, Crockett, Bella, Camden and Emmalyn Goodall.

The Goodalls live on their family farm in the Tuckers Crossroads community.

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