Financial Services

CTAS offers assistance in every aspect of county government finance — budgeting, purchasing, investing, debt management, insurance and risk management.

Legal Services

CTAS attorneys author many CTAS publications, draft and review legislative proposals, monitor General Assembly action, and compile the private acts of each county. These lawyers also respond to questions and issue written legal opinions.

Information Technology

CTAS information technology and regional field consultants assess IT needs and help troubleshoot when counties encounter technical issues. CTAS also offers Geographic Information System (GIS) services to help counties use this data management tool.

Highway Services

CTAS helps highway departments prepare certifications of county road revenues, develop and maintain computerized road lists, analyze project costing and inventory management, and develop bid specifications for needed equipment.

Public Safety Services

Officials across Tennessee turn to the CTAS criminal justice, jail management, emergency management and fire safety consultants for assistance in law enforcement, jail operations, facility and staffing needs evaluations, and employee and volunteer training.

Environmental Services

CTAS environmental consultants provide information on recycling, solid waste collection, and landfill management. This work has become more important as counties cope with an increased number of state and federal environmental regulations.

CTAS Electronic Library

The CTAS electronic library (e-Li) contains all the information formerly found in the CTAS county publications. The information is organized by topic and is easily searchable making it a great way to find answers to questions about Tennessee county government.

Research & Analysis

CTAS provides statistical research and analysis of county revenues and expenditures, debt capabilities, state shared taxes, state appropriations, school funding and BEP, and other related financial matters pertaining to the operation of county governments.

Training Services

CTAS training staff administers the County Officials Certificate Training Program (COCTP), provides specialized training when needed or requested, and provides just-in-time training on hot topics and informational sessions on topics of interest to county officials.

County Officials Certificate Training Program (COCTP)

COCTP is a comprehensive training program designed to provide office-specific, administrative, managerial and leadership training to county officials and their employees in order to help them run their offices more effectively. It also offers an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of county government. Graduates of the COCTP receive the title of Certified Public Administrator.

Certified County Finance Officer Program (CCFO)

The Comptroller of the Treasury and CTAS developed this program to provide Tennessee’s county financial officers an opportunity to learn about accounting and financial reporting principles, understand how county governments are structured in Tennessee, and enhance their skills in order to carry out their responsibilities for the fiscal affairs of their county or department. CTAS administers the educational program and testing to achieve the CCFO designation, and the Comptroller’s Office is the certification authority.

Commissioner Training

Tennessee law requires newly elected or appointed county commissioners to complete orientation training provided by CTAS within 120 days of being elected or appointed. Training can be completed at the County Officials Orientation Program during election years or online through k@te.

Assessment Assistance

CTAS assists assessors of property and the property assessment community.  Key areas of support include: reappraisal review and guidance; budget assistance; training opportunities; certified tax rate; calculating a penny value; onsite assistance and guidance for day-to-day operations; appeal advice; and city cost sharing calculations.