Mayor Andy Berke announced that Jeff Cannon will be the city of Chattanooga's new chief operating officer in a news release Thursday.
Cannon will maintain his current title in the Berke administration as chief innovation officer while also taking on the role being vacated by Andrew Kean, whose resignation goes into effect Nov. 21.
Cannon’s dual role will allow him to maximize efficiency in city departments, according to the announcement.
Prior to joining the Berke administration earlier this year, Cannon was the executive director of GreenSpaces, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally friendly construction in the greater Chattanooga area.
"Under Jeff’s leadership, I am confident we will expand our efforts to make City Hall more innovative and effective," Berke said in a prepared statement.
Cannon has worked closely with department administrators since joining city government, Berke said.
"And I have no doubt he will take my vision for the community and translate it into results," he said.
The chief operating officer manages city operations and oversees most of the government’s departments, excluding police. He oversees operations and advises the mayor and senior staff, according to the position’s job description.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of individuals throughout the city," Cannon said, citing the background and experience of administrators who will soon be reporting to him. "I look forward to working with each of them to improve services for our constituents."
The announcement does not indicate whether there will be changes to the chief operating officer’s position. Lacie Stone, communications director for Chattanooga government, said on Tuesday she did not expect changes to the position after Kean’s sudden resignation.
Kean submitted his resignation last Thursday after the Times Free Press reported he would be leaving city government. Later that day, City Hall confirmed that he was leaving and that he had submitted his resignation to Berke six months after being named to the position.
In his resignation letter, Kean cited the demands of the job while raising a family as the reasons for him leaving. He also said he would be taking a job in the private sector but did not say which company he will be joining.
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