Larry Maxwell retired in March 2020 as Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture after 48 years’ service. Larry managed the fiscal and budget operations for the department that include the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program, which has provided more than $150 million in funding to Tennessee farmers and rural communities since the program’s inception and a $20 million investment to replace the department’s entire heavy firefighting fleet while building reserves for the maintenance of and eventual replacement of that equipment. During his 48 years with TDA, Larry served under seven governors and 13 Tennessee Commissioners of Agriculture.
Larry graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a veteran and a retired Colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He and his wife Barbara have been married since 1968 and enjoy spending time with their two children and six grandchildren. They are members of Parkway Baptist Church in Smyrna.