Mayor's Office

LarryLarry Waters
Sevier County Mayor
Phone: 865.453.6136

Larry Waters was born and raised in Sevier County. He graduated from Sevier County High School. He attended the University of Tennessee and got a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1974. Larry then became a principal in the Sevier County school system until 1978, when he was elected to Sevier County Executive. In 1984 he completed the Tennessee County Officials Certificate Program and continued to serve Sevier County as executive until 2003, when that title was changed to county mayor.
Larry and his wife Terri make their home in Gatlinburg, where they attend the First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. They have two children, David, and Adrienne, married to Bart Ogle. They are the proud grandparents of Caden and Camilla Waters and Charlotte and Amelia Ogle.

Memberships and Offices
Past Chairman and current Board Member - United Way Campaign
  • Member - Leadership Sevier and Leadership Knoxville
  • Past President - Tennessee County Services Association
  • Past and Present Chairman- Tennessee Development District Association
  • Past Chairman and current Executive Committee Member - East Tennessee Development District
  • Past Chairman and current Executive Committee Member - East Tennessee Human Resources Agency
  • Past Chairman and current Member of the Board, Carson Newman Board of Trustees
  • Current Board Member - Tennessee County Mayor Association
  • Past Chairman and Executive - UT Chancellor's Associates
  • Vice Chairman and current Board Member - Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board
  • Former Chairman, current Member, and Deacon - First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg 
  • Past Executive Committee Member - Sevier County Republican Party
  • Current Member – Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
  • Past Chairman and current Board Member – East Tennessee Economic Development Agency
  • Treasurer – Sevier County Economic Development Council
  • Vice Chair and Executive Board Member – County Executives of America
  • Vice Chair – NACo Membership Committee
  • Special Citation Veterans of Foreign Wars - 1980?
  • Local Leadership Program - 1991
  • Pless R. Newman Republican Services Award - 2003
  • Boy Scouts Sequoyah District Great Smoky Mountain Council Good Scout Award - 2013
  • Robert M. Wormsley Outstanding County Official of the Year Award – 2010
  • East Tennessee State University Honorary Alumnus – 2013
  • University of Tennessee Outstanding Alumnus – 1995-96