Thursday, October 31 2013, 04:37 PM EDT
Chattanooga Mayor Announces New Chief Operating Officer
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Thursday that Jeff Cannon will replace Andrew Kean as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Kean announced his resignation last week, saying the demands of the position were difficult while raising a young family.
Cannon will also continue to maintain his current responsibilities as Chief Innovation Officer (CIO).
“Over the last several months, we have reoriented City Hall to be relentlessly focused on results. Under Jeff’s leadership, I am confident we will expand our efforts to make City Hall more innovative and effective,” said Mayor Andy Berke.
“Jeff has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of City government and will incorporate his expertise as Chief Innovation Officer to lead each department towards greater efficiency, while making local government more open to citizens,” continued Mayor Berke. “Jeff has worked closely with each administrator, and I have no doubt he will take my vision for the community and translate it into results.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of individuals throughout the City,” said Jeff Cannon. “From the strong financial backgrounds of CFO Daisy Madison and Deputy COO Brent Goldberg to the long-time experience of Fire Chief Flint and Public Works Administrator Lee Norris, the dedication of our leadership team is truly inspiring. I look forward to working with each of them to improve services for our constituents.”
Prior to his appointment to the Berke Administration, Cannon served as executive director of Green|Spaces and spent seven years in the construction industry, including five years as a Project Manager for EMJ, one of the Southeast’s largest construction management companies.
Working alongside Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprises (CNE), River City Company, Lyndhurst Foundation, the City of Chattanooga, and others, Cannon helped lead the revitalization of Southside - from the residential renewal of the Fort Negley and Jefferson Heights neighborhoods to the commercial transformation of Main Street.