7, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam announced today that
City Law Director Morris Kizer is stepping down and returning to
private practice. Mr. Kizer has served as Law Director since December,
2003 when Mayor Haslam's term began.
"Quite frankly, it's going to be hard to imagine Morris not
being Law Director," Mayor Haslam said. "From the moment
I became Mayor I've relied on his advice and counsel. His time at
the City is in the very best tradition of public service. I will
always be grateful that Morris was willing to leave a very successful
private practice and come to work for the city."
"I have enjoyed working for the City of Knoxville but it
is time for me to return to private practice," Kizer said.
He will remain with the city for a number of weeks to assist in
the transition to the second term. Kizer will be returning to the
firm of Gentry, Tipton & McLemore.