Wamp Picks Former Police Chief as Special Advisor

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — County Mayor Weston Wamp has hired former Chattanooga Police Chief David Robby as a special advisor.

Wamp says he began thinking about a position for Roddy after he won the election, and will giving Roddy the responsibility of increasing efficiency throughout the county government.

“We’re asking him to come into a special advisor role. He’ll end up working on, I think, a series of projects herein the months ahead that begin with looking for efficiencies across county government. It’s been awhile since the organizational structure of county government has been revisited,” said Wamp.

Wamp says the county government has developed inefficiencies by failing to evolve with the growth of the county.

These sticking points range from emergency services to infrastructure.

“A lot of the functions of county government need to transition for the overwhelming development we’re seeing. 80 percent of the development we’re seeing is taking place in the unincorporated parts of the county. That puts stress on everything from the ambulance service to roads and sewers to the school system. We’ve got to plan longer term,” said Wamp.

Roddy was police chief for four years, and a Chattanooga police officer for more than two decades.

Wamp believes his track record promises that he will be a good agent in picking up the pace of county government.

“Chief Roddy’s responsibilities here, the purview that we’re going to set him out to tackle, is as wide as his skill set. He’s on the regional health council already. One of the areas of county government we’re going to encourage him to go and take a look at in the months to come is the health department,” said Wamp.

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