Mayor Berke Says His Team Still Setting Goals

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 4/22/2013 7:11 pm
Its been a full week since Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke was sworn-in, and the mystery continues about who will be in charge of several key departments in the new administration.
The mayor held a 10 minute news conference Monday afternoon to discuss his vision of a re-structured city government.
But he gave few details.

Once again Mayor Berke refused to set a time-table in naming the key players in his administration, preferring to focus on long-range goals.

MAYOR ANDY BERKE, CHATTANOOGA "We've gone through the process of identifying what's important to our community...now we're structuring our city government to make sure that we meet those goals . The last part of that process will be putting people in place who can make that vision a reality in Chattanooga."

As for now, the "reality" is that most of the Littlefield administration department heads are gone, along with the names of most departments.
Missy Crutchfield and her Department of Education, Arts and Culture, Larry Zehnder and Parks and Recreation, Ron Swofford in Human Services, and Beverly Johnson in Economic and Community development are gone.

MAYOR ANDY BERKE "We have a number of departments changing. We have the Department of Human Services and the department of Parks and recreation will be going and renamed into the Department of Youth and Family Development..and the E.A.C. Is eliminated..in addition, our neighborhood services will become the department of Economic and Community Development..and finally the transportation area will be coming out from public works and be its own department."

The question many Chattanoogans are asking is when will these super-administrators be named.

MAYOR ANDY BERKE "The fire department will continue to report to the chief operating officer..and we'll soon have the process of naming a new fire chief."

The mayor would not say if the reorganization will result in lay-offs in any city departments.

Two hold-overs from the previous administration are Police Chief Bobby Dodd, and chief financial office Daisy Madison.

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