Joe Jarret

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Joe Jarret


Attorney/Risk Management Advisor, University of Tennessee

Summary of Qualifications

Joe Jarret is an attorney, federal & state mediator and a former public risk manager who has been practicing public sector law and management for over 27 years. He has served three different public entities as chief legal counsel/managing attorney. He currently teaches risk and emergency management on behalf of the University of Tennessee’s Masters in Public Policy & Administration Program. Joe is the past-president of the Southwest Florida Chapter of PRIMA, and National PRIMA’s 2016 “Author of the Year,” with his piece on Zoning & Planning Risk being named “Article of the Year.” 


Joe is responsible for the education and training of the next generation of risk and emergency management professionals. Responsible for creating department budget and for managing general liability, labor and employment, land use/planning and related litigation and transactional matters, negotiating, litigating or settling all-lines claims; creating risk, and emergency management policies and procedures.

Business Experience

Joe has been a chief legal counsel/managing attorney for three different public entities. He is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Tennessee Supreme Court and all lower state courts, as well as Federal Court. His business experience also includes recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating, disciplining and dismissing employees. 

ERM Experience

During his service as a risk manager and managing attorney, Joe was expected to understand, control and articulate the nature and level of risks taken in pursuit of public business strategies as well as remain accountable for risks taken and activities engaged in. 

Professional Affiliations

East Tennessee Chapter of PRIMA, Tennessee Bar Association, International City/County Managers Association, American Society for Public Administration, Tennessee City Managers Association, Knoxville Bar Association, Tennessee Valley Mediation Association


Joe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters in Public Administration degree, a Juris Doctorate degree, a Graduate Certificate in Public Management and is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership


Member for
4 years 3 months