Madison County Mayor AJ Massey has appointed Assistant District Attorney Terica
Smith to serve as Deputy Mayor and Director of Human Resources for Madison County. In her new
role, Smith will lead human resource management, activities, and staff development for the second
most populated county in West Tennessee.

“My entire career has been dedicated to public service and improving the lives of residents of this
community. I am honored to serve the citizens of Madison County in this role and grateful to Mayor
Massey for this opportunity,” Smith said.

A Jackson native and product of the public-school system, Smith received a Political Science degree
from Tennessee State University before obtaining her Juris Doctor degree from the Cecil C.
Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Prior to her work as Assistant District
Attorney with the 26th Judicial District, Smith was a staff attorney with West Tennessee Legal
Services, and a Governor Bill Lee appointee to the Board of Judicial Conduct.

“Madison County has the good fortune of being home to a number of world-class professionals.
Terica possesses managerial talent and a tested legal mind,” Mayor Massey said. “Her expertise will
be valuable to my office, the Madison Courthouse, and the community,” Mayor Massey added.
In addition to advocacy and leadership roles within the Tennessee Bar Association, Smith has
participated in a number of community involvement efforts through JONAH Affordable Housing,
Leadership University, and the Jackson-Madison County Public Library.

“Terica’s professional and civic experience have been noted by a number of community leaders. I
am impressed with Mayor Massey’s forethought in building a leadership team that reflects what
Madison County is and has the potential to be,” Madison County Commissioner Joey Hale said.
Smith will begin her tenure with Madison County government on Wednesday, February 1.
Residents are encouraged to visit for full and part-time
employment opportunities.

January 19, 2023

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