Mike Hammond was reelected to a second term as Criminal, Criminal Sessions, and Fourth Circuit Court Clerk in August of 2018. Prior to being elected Clerk in 2014, Hammond served as an elected member of the Knox County Commission for ten years. A native of Hawkins County, Hammond graduated from the University of Tennessee and spent 46 years as a private sector manager in the radio broadcasting industry. He currently serves on the state board of directors of the Tennessee Court Clerks Association and is in his second term as the President of the East Tennessee Court Clerks Association.
Hammond was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2010 by Taylor Swift. During his broadcasting career, Mike has been named Broadcaster of the year by the Associated Press, program director of the year by the Country Music Association, Radio and Records and Country Aircheck trade magazines. In 1996, he received the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award for his on air reporting of tornadoes striking east Tennessee. He has been named elected official of the year by the Knox County Council of the PTA and recipient of the lifetime achievement award by the PTA Council and Farragut Primary School. In 2011, he visited American troops in Kuwait and Iraq and toured parts of Ethiopia with representatives of Bethany Christian Services. He has served on numerous boards for local charities and is an alumnus of Leadership Knoxville class of 1998. Mike has been the public address announcer for the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team for twenty five years.