Commissioners and Staff

Johnnie Wheeler


Governor Bill Haslam appointed Johnnie Wheeler for a five-year term to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2017.

Johnnie lives in Cookeville, Tennessee, and recently retired after 37 years with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

Johnnie is greatly involved in her community having served for several years as President of the Cookeville Rescue Mission Board. She was the past president of the Cookeville Jaycees for two terms and vice president for Alliance against Domestic Violence.

She was state chairperson for the County Commissioners Association, chairperson of Putnam County Commissioner, and chairman of the National Associations of Counties Department of Labor and Workforce of Washington, DC. Johnnie also served on the State Departments Labor and Workforce Board and was President of the Tennessee County Services Association. She additionally served on Governor Bredesen’s Department of Safety Board and Home Land Security and the Meth Taskforce.

The long list of Johnnie’s accomplishments also include serving as treasurer for NACO Women of NACO Committee Washington, DC, serving on the NACO Board of Directors Washington, DC, and as president of Southeastern Employment and Training Association.

Johnnie has represented Concern for Citizens Involved for Change. She has served on the Putnam County Fair Board and Tennessee Technological University’s Interdisciplinary Studies Board of Directors. She was a mediator for the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.

She has been voted Outstanding Citizen, Business Women of the Year, Humanitarian of the year, and has received the Alice Littleton Award.