Early Life and Education
Tim Wheeler, Republican candidate for Knox County Circuit Court Clerk, was born to a military family in 1961, The fourth of six children, Tim grew up living on military bases around the world, but his family eventually returned to his mother’s home town of Knoxville.
Tim graduated from Gibbs High School in 1979, then received his degree from Cincinnati’s Xavier University/Edgecliff College/CCMS in 1982.
Tim’s work career began in 1977 at Hillcrest, where he worked in the dietary department. He later moved to Stevens Mortuary in 1978, where he became the funeral director until 2001.
In 2001 Tim began working for the Knox County Circuit Court Clerk‘s office, where he served for 15 years, starting at an entry-level position and working his way up to become Chief Deputy Clerk.
While in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, Tim had an active role in all aspects of its functions.
- Managed day-to-day operations
- Oversaw all four courts, maintaining multiple million-dollar budgets
- Managed employees and ensured adequate staffing
- Coordinated efforts and relationships between judges, lawyers, law enforcement and members of the public in multiple counties
- Coordinated with Knoxville and Knox County mayors’ offices
- Coordinated with most city and county departments, including the Knoxville law department
- Worked closely with Knox County technology department to publish court dockets and online documents for public access
For more than 30 years, Tim has been an active member of the community and a force for change.
- Past president and member, Keep Knoxville Beautiful
- Past president and board member, Sexual Assault Crisis Center
- Past president and board member, James White’s Fort Association
- Past president and board member of Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association (OLPNA)
- Past Republican chair of Precinct 17 (Christenberry precinct)
- Past Vice-Chair of the Knox County Employee Insurance Board and Appeals Board
- Past member of the Knoxville Opera Board
- Past Chair and member of City of Knoxville Environmental Appeals Board
- Graduate of both Knox County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy and Knoxville City Police Citizens’ Academy
- Member of Knoxville Opera Guild
- Secretary and member of Knox County Employees’ Credit Union
- Member of the Republican Precinct, Gresham
- Member of both Tennessee Funeral Directors’ Association and National Funeral Directors’ Association