March 9, 2005 - Jerry Ledbetter, senior
director of the City of Knoxville's Department of Engineering and
Operations, will retire effective June 30, the end of the city's fiscal
year, Mayor Bill Haslam announced today.
"Jerry's leadership and counsel has been invaluable to me
in these first 15 months," Mayor Haslam said. "He's been
an important part of the team, and he will be missed."
Ledbetter returned to city government in January 2004 after serving
16 years at KUB as an engineer and manager of treatment plants,
operations and construction. From 1980 to 1987, he served as engineer
and deputy director of wastewater control system for the City of
"It's been a pleasure and privilege to serve in city government
under Mayor Haslam," Ledbetter said. "Still, I look forward
to a retirement where I will spend more time traveling, hiking and
doing the things that work never seems to leave time for."
Concurrent with Ledbetter's retirement, Mayor Haslam will appoint
an engineering director and building inspections director. They
report to David Hill, the City's chief operating officer. Internal
and external applicants will be considered for the posts.
The engineering director will oversee the engineering division,
which includes civil, storm water and traffic engineering duties.
The building inspections director will fill the role of the chief
building official, with responsibility for building and related
permits, as well as plans review.
"We are continuing to seek efficiencies while improving customer
service in city government," Mayor Haslam said. "These
changes result in no additional cost to taxpayers and provide greater
oversight of day-to-day operations."