Executive Director

Mike Smith


Mike Smith is a graduate of McNairy Central High School and attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College and the University of Tennessee Center for Government Training.  Mike is a graduate of the University of Tennessee WestStar Leadership class of 1995, the University of Tennessee Local Government Leadership Institute, and the McNairy County Leadership program.  In addition, Mike served in the Tennessee National Guard and operated a construction business for 20 years. In 1994, Mike was elected as McNairy County Mayor and served until 2005. As County Mayor he was instrumental in the 1998 coordinated effort to build the first ever University of Tennessee satellite campus in McNairy County which now has over 350 students.  Also in 1998, Mike received the McNairy County Chamber of Commerce Community Betterment Award.

During his term as County Mayor, Mike was a charter board member and past president of the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center.  Mike is a member of the University of Tennessee at Martin/Selmer Center Advisory Board, and a recipient of the 2004-2005 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the University of Tennessee.  Mike also served as Chairman of the Board for the Southwest Tennessee Development District. Governor Don Sundquist appointed Mr. Smith to the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Services Board of Directors and Governor Phil Bredesen appointed him to the Citizen Corps Advisory Board.

In 2005, Mike Smith was appointed Executive Director of Southwest Human Resource Agency.  From 2011 to 2013 he served as President of the Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies. 

Mr. Smith is an elder of Mount Vernon Cumberland Presbyterian Church as well as a Sunday school teacher.  Mike is an active member of Gideon International, past president of the local camp and also serves as a member of the speakers group.

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The Tennessee General Assembly established Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA) in 1973 as one of nine Human Resource Agencies deemed to be the delivery system for human services throughout the state of Tennessee. SWHRA is a public non-profit agency that serves an eight county region including Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties...

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