Bill Hartley was elected to City Council on July 1, 2014. He was named Mayor on July 1, 2020. A native of Bristol, Bill is a 1987 graduate of Virginia High School. He holds degrees from the Clemson University (B.A. History & Political Science), University of Alabama (M.A., History) and King University (M.B.A.).
Bill has worked as an educator, non-profit administrator, and was named one of the Tri-Cities Business Journal's “Forty Under Forty.” He is currently employed at East Tennessee State University as a Grants Coordinator with the College of Nursing.
He serves as the council representative on the City Council Finance Committee, Economic Development Committee, Highlands Community Services Board, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, Believe in Bristol, Bristol Youth Services Board, and Birthplace of Country Music. Hartley also is a member of the Bristol Rotary Club, Arts in Public Places Board of Directors, and Arts Alliance Mountain Empire Board of Directors.
Bill and his wife Harriet have two young children, Wilson and Rachel.
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