Jere Jeter was appointed state forester and assistant commissioner in 2012. He is responsible for directing the activities of the Division of Forestry in wildfire and forest health protection, landowner assistance and state forest management.
A native of Weakley County, Tenn., Jeter has been with the state for more than 31 years. He first joined the agency in 1975 as an area forester serving McNairy and Hardeman counties. He also served as a staff forester working with wood-using industries. He has served as assistant state forester for the past 16 years, overseeing operations including equipment, property, budget and personnel management.
Jeter also has experience in the private sector managing operations of a hardwood lumber concentration and drying operation in Camden, Tenn.
He has a bachelor's degree in Forestry from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville after studying pre-forestry at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
He and his wife, Maureen, have two children and six grandchildren and reside in Williamson County, Tenn.