James "Jim" Falco officially announces his candidacy for Trousdale County Commissioner of District 1.
Falco would like "the opportunity" to use his "knowledge of government operations" to serve Trousdale.
"I have been fortunate in having a fulfilling family life and professional career," said Falco, "and I would like the opportunity to serve the community in District 1.
"I feel that I can put my knowledge of government operations gained through my professional experience to good use on the county commission."
Falco graduated from University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering before obtaining his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.
"I spent the majority of my career working as a research engineer for the federal government and for government contractors," Falco added.
He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. In 1980, he was promoted into the Senior Executive Service.
Falco was a senior manager for the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory at the Hartsford site in Washington from 1988-1993 before staring his own company in 1993, where he served as president for more than a decade.
Falco added, "In 1997, I decided to teach at a college. I became the dean of the College of Arts and Science at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash., in 1998, where I remained until I retired in 2008."
Falco soon began to view Trousdale as home after visiting the area for decades.
"I started coming to Trousdale County in 1975 when I married Pat Kerr to visit her family," said Falco. "We moved to Hartsville in 2009 after I retired, and lived here together until Pat passed away in November of last year."
He has served as the Hartsville Rotary secretary for three years, and worked for the Hartsville/Trousdale County Chamber of Commerce since 2012, first as the director and then as the custodian of its website.
"I served as the Trousdale County Democratic Party secretary/treasurer for two years, and currently serve as the chair," added Falco.
Falco also serves with the Board of Directors of the Ward School Community Preservation Association since the associations' inception preparing grant applications to secure funds for the renovation of the school building. He serves the treasurer of the Community Help Center of Trousdale County. He is a member of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin.