Madelyn Scales Harris was first elected to the Murfreesboro City Council in 2010. Scales Harris current term expires in 2026.
As a Murfreesboro native, Scales Harris was educated in Murfreesboro City Schools and graduated in the Central High School Class of 1970. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.
She retired from State Farm Insurance as a Business Account Underwriter.
Scales Harris comes from a family of “firsts”. She was selected by her peers to serve as 1st Female Vice-Mayor, the position held by her late father, Robert “Tee-Niny” Scales, the 1st Black Male Vice-Mayor, her mother, Mary Caruthers Scales who was the 1st Black Female to serve on the Murfreesboro City Council.
Scales Harris is, and has always been, very active in her community. She loves God and the people she serves. She is a member of First Baptist Church, volunteer for Alive Hospice, and a life time member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Scales Harris is involved in the Wess Morgan Recovery Fest Award, Rutherford Athena Award Recipient, Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, National Board of Directors of the Women in Municipal Government, League of Women Voters, Tennessee Municipal League, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund of Rutherford County Board, Faith Awards Recipient, NAACP, Scales Elementary T-Shirt Sponsor, Murfreesboro Garden Club Speaker, NAACP Woman of the Year, African American Heritage Society, Friends of Linebaugh and Linebaugh Library Board, Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation, Water & Sewer, Cable, Airport, and Disciplinary Boards, Leadership Rutherford, National League of Cities, Honorable Lois DeBerry Servant Leader Award, “The Pride of the Rural Girl”, a group in South Africa Sponsor, Eastern Star Humanitarian Award, Speaker at the American Association of University Women National Convention, Joseph Peebles Foundation Distinguished Pioneer Award, Speaker for Youth and Women groups, Participate in a Youth Summer Program at Morehouse College, and various other contributions including Sorority and Fraternity recognitions.
Scales Harris is the very proud mother of son, Robert Edmond Harris, ecstatic grandmother of granddaughter, Mariah Elizabeth (Angel Doll) Harris, who has forever changed her life with the joy she brings. Scales Harris' motto in life is, “You don’t get where you are by yourself and should never forget where you came from, because when you lose sight of your beginnings, you cease to be humble”.