| October 3, 2006 - Mayor
Bill Haslam has announced that Dave Hill, the city's chief operating
officer, will become the Senior Director of South Waterfront Development
beginning Oct. 9.
Hill has devoted much of his time in recent months to the waterfront
project and the mayor indicated the move is a necessary next step
in getting the effort off the drawing board and underway.
"It is now time for us to have someone who can lead this
effort on a full-time basis," he said before adding, "Dave
has done an excellent job getting us this far, and I am confident
we can make even greater progress when he can devote all his energies
to this important project."
Hill currently oversees the Engineering Department and the Plans
Review and Inspections Department, which will both be transferred
to other departments.
The position of chief operating officer will not be filled.
Engineering and Plans Review and Inspections will become a part
of the Community and Neighborhood Services Department.
At the same time the Community Development Office will move from
its current home in Community and Neighborhood Services into the
Department of Finance and Accountability.
Much of the federal grant money the city receives for redevelopment
and to help neighborhoods flows into the Community Development Office.
"It is important that we coordinate the use of these funds
and leverage these monies with city funds so we can get the greatest
benefit of all the taxpayers' money," Haslam said. "The
most logical place to do that is the Finance Department."
The mayor said neither the directors of the various affected departments,
nor the daily responsibilities of those departments, will change
as a result of the reorganization.
The departmental moves will also go into effect on Oct. 9.