Matt Teply Announces for Cannon County Clerk

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Matt Teply has offically entered the race for Cannon County Clerk. He has positive changes planned for the Cannon County Clerk’s Office including…

Accepting Debit/Credit cards for the payment of any and all fees. This convenience will not cost the County any additional funds. If a patron wishes to pay using Debit/Credit, a small fee will be added to that transaction for those that use the service.

Installation of Automated Information Systems. Eighty of Tennessee’s ninety-five counties currently use an updated system to manage their data and provide accountability for our public funds. An electronic record allows for off site storage of our county’s important records. If the records in the courthouse are somehow damaged or destroyed, no information will ever be lost.

An automated system allows titles to be printed in the Clerk’s office. By printing titles in Cannon County instead of sending the work to Nashville, the state will pay the Clerk’s office for each title printed. This equates to additional funds AND greater convenience for the people of Cannon County.

An automated system is extraordinarily cost effective. The state will purchase or provide all of the additional hardware (computers, printers, etc.).

Auditors who work for the state have cited Cannon County as having a lack of adequate internal controls. Mr. Teply, if elected, will enact whatever controls needed to remove these citations from Cannon County’s audit.

Mr. Teply will hand over ALL fees collected to the County Trustee to be placed in the general fund for the Commission to use. The Commission will set the salaries for the Clerk’s deputies and ALL remaining funds will be added to the Cannon County’s general fund. This is another step toward transparency with the county’s money.

If an opening in the office develops, Mr. Teply will not hire any member of his family. All applicants will be screened through a state employment office. Only qualified candidates will receive employment. All openings will be posted locally. This will help ensure Cannon County will have the best public servants possible.

Steps will be taken to add further services to the Clerk’s office – such as processing U.S. passports.

Additional training Mr. Teply receives will be paid for out of his own pocket and not billed to the county. In anticipation of the election, Mr. Teply has already logged volunteer time with other county’s clerks offices. This includes volunteering in a neighboring county two days a week.

Mr. Teply's campaign will be recorded at - please visit for updates.

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from Crichton College in 1997.

He worked as a tax examiner for the IRS before transitioning to education. For the last eight years, he’s taught Algebra and Advanced Math in Smyrna and Murfreesboro. His wife, Melissa, taught Advanced Placement Biology and Biology at Smyrna High before they began a family. She manages their home and is very active with the Friends of the Library at Adams Memorial Library.

Mr. Teply has been a Cannon County resident since July 2004. He sought a small, well established community to plant his family and Woodbury’s natural beauty and charm was a perfect fit. Matt and Melissa have two children, Saul (age 4) and Olivia (age 1).
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February 28, 2014 at 8:20pm
Good luck Matt new faces in the court house is what we need.
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