The head of operations in the city of Chattanooga is leaving his post to take a job in the private sector, City Hall announced Thursday.
Chief Operating Officer Andrew Kean resigned from city government six months after being named to the post by Mayor Andy Berke. His resignation is effective Nov. 21.
Kean said in his resignation letter the demands of his position were difficult while raising a family.
"Over the last few months, it's become clear to me that the responsibility of a young family does not coincide with the demanding schedule and rigorous nature of this position," Kean wrote in his resignation letter. "With that in mind, I have accepted an opportunity to take a leadership role in an emerging company here in Chattanooga."
The resignation letter does not indicate which company Kean will be joining.
The mayor will announce a new chief operating officer in the coming days.
The Berke administration declined further comment.
Berke praised Kean in a statement announcing the departure.
"Andrew Kean has been a valuable part of our efforts, working with others to reorganize government and improve our daily operations," he said. "I appreciate his service and wish him the best of luck."
Kean was announced as one of the first members of the incoming Berke administration prior to the mayor taking office, alongside Stacy Richardson and Travis McDonough, the mayor’s senior adviser and chief of staff, respectively.
Berke created the position of chief operating officer to oversee the daily operations of many of the departments in the mayor’s administration, excluding the police department, and to ensure that city services are delivered "efficiently and effectively," according to a news release at the time Kean’s appointment was announced.
"These three people are going to help us go new and wonderful places, and there’s more to come," Berke said in March when he named Kean chief operating officer.
Shortly after entering office, Berke ordered a reorganization of city government that eliminated four departments and created three new ones. Kean oversees much of that new structure, with department heads reporting to him, according to an organizational chart. He said in April that the goal for the reorganization was to alleviate a "bottleneck structure."
The City Council approved Kean’s appointment, as well as Berke’s proposal to reorganize city government, in April.
In a statement Thursday, Council Chair Yusuf Hakeem wished the outgoing official well and emphasized that he looks forward to working with the Berke administration.
"I know I can speak for my fellow council members when I say how proud I am of the incredible work we have accomplished over the last several months," he said.
Prior to joining the Berke administration, Kean was the vice chairman of Rock City Inc. He also served as the president and chief operating officer at Rock City. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002, according to Nooga.com archives.
Updated @ 5:22 p.m. on 10/24/13 to add more information.
Updated @ 8:27 a.m. on 10/25/13 to add more information.
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