Meet the Clerk

Bill Kemp, Sumner County Clerk

Bill Kemp was first elected Sumner County Clerk in 1990 and has been designated a Certified Public Administrator through the University of Tennessee's Center for Government Training.

He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree, majoring in computer science and economics.  Bill has used his computer background to help automate all transactions in his office. He has always looked for innovative ways to provide customer service. 

Not long after taking office, he initiated the motor vehicle renewal drive-through window service for both Gallatin and Hendersonville.  Bill was a state-wide leader in efforts that began online vehicle renewals and electronic insurance verification.  Sumner County was the first Tennessee County to issue print-on-demand decals which made self-service MVD renewal kiosks a possibility. The Clerk’s office now has four kiosk located through-out the County.

Bill is Past President of the Tennessee Association of County Clerks and Past President of the County Officials Association of Tennessee. He was selected as the Outstanding County Official for the State of Tennessee in 1996. He has four times (1994, 1997, 2001 and 2012) been honored as Tennessee’s Outstanding County Clerk.

Kemp served as the first Chairman of the Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation started 1996.  He was honored to be called to testify in Washington D.C. before the U.S. Senate's Labor and Human Resource Committee regarding the success of the program.  Currently serving as Chairman for the Tennessee Donor Service's Advisory Board, he continues to support organ donor efforts.

Bill, for more that twenty years, has served as a Trustee for the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System representing the County Officials of Tennessee.  He is a member of the System’s Investment Committee.

His many civic activities include Past President of the Gallatin Rotary Club and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.  He is Past Chairman for Volunteer State Community College Scholarship Foundation.  Bill served as President of Leadership Sumner Alumni Association in 1990-91 and was honored as Alumnus of the year in 1993. 

Kemp was honored to be named the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus for Gallatin High School. Bill and his wife Pam live in Gallatin. He has one son, Willie, who is a graduate student in engineering at the University of Tennessee.