Rob Mitchell, Rutherford County Assessor of Property, took the Oath of Office from State Senator Bill Ketron on Monday August 29th, 2016 in the Property Assessor's Office at 319 North Maple Street in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mitchell is the first assessor in Rutherford County to serve multiple terms since the late Tommy Sanford. Also taking oaths as Deputy Assessors were Russell Key, Marty Francis and Pam Oxsher.
In addition to being named President of the Middle Tennessee Assessor's Association and Assessor of the Year for Middle Tennessee, Mitchell was recently named Secretary/Treasurer of the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers.
Mitchell was sworn in using the Bible that once belonged to his maternal great grandmother, Emma Blankenship. The old Bible still holds clippings of Mitchell's great uncles return from WWII, wounded while serving with Gen. Patton in the Italy invasion. Mitchell's great grandfather Carl Blankenship, was a coal miner from West Virginia.
Mitchell stated, "The Bible reminds me of working hard and of being faithful and honorable. This Bible is tattered and held together with scotch tape but the words contained inside are bound by faith. Remembering from where we come is most important. We should remember and honor those who came before us who make what we have today possible. This humble book is that testament for me."
Mitchell was sworn in using the Bible that once belonged to his maternal great grandmother (below).