McMinnville-Warren County local government creates a friendly, regional environment where families feel safe and connected while newcomers immediately feel at home.
At the city level, an elected mayor and a six-person Board of Aldermen govern McMinnville. The Board convenes twice a month and welcomes the public to attend its meetings. The city administrator is appointed by the Board and oversees day-to-day operations of the town.
McMinnville Police and Fire Departments
The McMinnville Police Department has 37 full-time officers, and the city's Fire Department employs 30 full-time firefighters. It responds to fires, emergency rescues, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters. The ISO rating for the city is 5.
The city of McMinnville is a full-service municipality and also provides basic services that include zoning administration, streets and sanitation, public works, water and sewer, parks and recreation, and urban forestry.
The county mayor and an elected Board of Commissioners govern Warren County. The mayor and the 24 commissioners, who represent 12 districts, are elected to four-year terms.
Warren County provides many essential services for residents, including highway maintenance, sanitation, ambulance service and emergency management (civil defense). Police protection is provided by the county sheriff's department, which employs 80 full-time officers. Other county offices include Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Elections Commission and Property Assessment.
Citizens stay informed on all government concerns and news via a variety of communications networks. The local Southern Standard newspaper is issued three times a week, while the Tennessean is a daily publication. There are five local radio stations, including the public station housed in the Chamber of Commerce facility.
Urban Forestry Department
The McMinnville's Urban Forestry Department is a model for communities throughout the state of Tennessee and the Southeast. As a stand-alone department, this team of trained foresters and horticulturalists have been honored with the Historical Commission's Preservation Award and Tree City USA designation for three years in a row. Sharing their success with other communities and teaching their craft to local individuals through Master Gardeners and classroom visits, the staff strive to promote the proper planting and care of our local beauty.