A retirement party was held for Marshall McKamey on Friday at the Campbell County Election Commission. McKamey is pictured here with some past and present Election Commission members. (Left to right) Jamie Ball, Mark Hoskins, Dean Sexton, Mark A. Wells, Kent Younce, Mallory Rosenfeld, McKamey, Brent McNeeley, William Baird, Jerry Sharp and Brian Younce.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A retirement party was held for Marshall McKamey at the Campbell County Election Commission on Friday celebrating his 34 years of service. 

McKamey was surrounded by family and friends at his event.

“Marshall has faithfully and impartially served Campbell County elections for 34 consecutive years,” said Campbell County Administrator of Elections Mallory Rosenfeld.

Community leaders stopped by to wish McKamey well in his retirement. State Rep. Dennis Powers also attended to read a proclamation in McKamey’s honor for his many years of service and “distinguishing himself as a county leader.”

“I have a lot of respect for Marshall. We really appreciate your time in office,” Powers said.

Powers also thanked McKamey for helping Tennessee be the “number one state in election integrity.”

Campbell County Mayor Jack Lynch read a proclamation as well, proclaiming April 14, 2023, as Marshall McKamey Day in Campbell County.

According to Lynch, he and Marshall “go way back.”

A retirement celebration was held Friday in honor of Marshall McKamey, (front row, left) who is retiring after 34 years on the election commission. He is pictured here with current Administrator of Elections Mallory Rosenfeld (front row, right) and former Administrator of Elections Dean Sexton, (back row, left) and Ann Ayers Colvin, (back row, right.)

“Marshall is a special person; his mother was my school teacher,” Lynch said. He also thanked McKamey for his 34 years of service for to the county.

Commissioner Scott Kitts said he had known McKamey for 40 years and that “Marshall is one of the best. Kitts thanked him for his dedication and hard work for his county.

Former Administrators of Elections Dean Sexton and Ann Ayers Colvin also attended the event to wish McKamey well in retirement. 

At 83 -years- old, McKamey was amongst the oldest and longest serving election commission members. He turns 84 this August. He spent 16 of those 34 years as chairman of the election commission and was a county commissioner for four years as well. 

“It’s been a good ride; let’s do it again,” McKamey said with a laugh to the many friends gathered at his retirement event.  

After 34 years on the Campbell County Election Commission, Marshall McKamey retires.

McKamey credited State Rep. Tom Wheeler for getting him involved in the election commission in 1989. He said he had made wonderful friends in that 34 year time span and would “gladly do it all again.”

“I’ve worked here and hung around here for years; we never had a disagreement, it was just smooth sailing. I made wonderful lifelong friends,” McKamey said.

He recalled when former Administrator of Elections Dean Sexton came on board, as well as Ann Ayers Colvin.

“They both did wonderful and outstanding jobs. They were great ladies to work for. Then Mallory came and we got a new horse on the farm, and boy she’s a worker, so I appreciate everybody,” McKamey said. 

When he started out back in 1989, he “didn’t really know what he was getting into” but after he “got his feet wet, it was a great ride.”

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” McKamey said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/17/2023-6AM)