Finance Department

Carolyn Watson, 
Finance Director


Audra Gerty, 
Deputy Director

(423) 542-3844

Carter County Courthouse
801 East Elk Avenue
Suite 203
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Human Resources  –  Jaclyn Lewis – 423-542-1804

Payroll – Rita Watts – 423-542-3044

Accounts Payable Clerk for County  –  Karen Stevens – 423-542-1805

Accounts Payable Clerk for School System  – Suzanne Archer  – 423-547-4060

Accounts Payable Clerk for Solid Waste, County, and School System – Nicole Castle – 423-241-8488

Senior Accountant – Teresa Montgomery – 423-543-4237 

Purchasing – Marcia Fletcher – 423-547-4018

Deputy Director  –  Audra Gerty  –  423-542-1803

Director  – Carolyn Watson – 423-547-4005




To administrate the finances of the county for all funds of the various departments, agencies, and boards. The Finance Department is responsible for purchasing, accounting, budgeting, payroll, and other such financial matters. The department conforms to generally accepted principles of governmental accounting.

Summary of Services Provided:

  • Payroll
  • Benefits Administration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Purchasing
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Reporting



Carter County has joined the Tennessee Purchasing Group and will be publishing and distributing upcoming bid opportunities on Bidnet Direct. The Tennessee Purchasing Group connects participating agencies from across Tennessee to a large vendor pool and streamlines the bid and vendor management process. Carter County invites all vendors to register online at


Forms and Documents:


Comptroller’s Audit Reports