Mayor William Bo Perkinson

815 N. Jackson St., Athens, TN 37303
(423) 744-2702

Mayor William Bo Perkinson was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Athens City Council in February 1996. In June 1997, he was elected by the citizens of Athens to serve a full term.  Since November 2002, he has been re-elected to four year terms. The City Council unanimously elected Mayor Perkinson to the position of Mayor for a two year term during the Council Meeting on November 19, 2002. In November 2004, he was elected by the council to a two year term as Vice Mayor. In November 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2014 he was elected by his fellow council members to the position of Vice Mayor. Mayor Perkinson served as Vice Mayor until 2016.  On November 17, 2020, Mayor Perkinson was elected to the position of Mayor.  He has served on numerous boards and committees including the McMinn County Senior Citizens, the McMinn County Department of Juvenile Services, and Athens Parks Foundation. Mayor Perkinson, a lifelong resident of Athens, is retired from BB&T Bank and is an active member of the local Optimist Club.

Mayor Perkinson currently serves as the council's representative on the Athens Utilities Board Board of Directors and Friendly City Sister Cities Committee.   Additionally, Mayor Perkinson serves on the Small Cities Council Steering Committee through the National League of Cities and is on the Tennessee Municipal League Board of Directors as Past President (2018).

"It is a privilege to serve on the City Council and to return something to the community that has been so good to my family and me. We are indeed fortunate that past leadership has enabled us to enjoy the benefits of living in Athens which is a wonderful community. My desire is to maintain this quality of life while fostering an environment that appreciates the need for balanced growth."