Andrew Kean Resigns As City COO After 6 Months On Job

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mayor Andy Berke on Thursday afternoon said he accepted the resignation letter of Chief Operating Officer Andrew Kean.

In the letter, Mr. Kean "praised the mayor for his vision but cites the demands of the position were difficult while raising a young family."

Mr. Kean will remain in his position until Nov. 21.

Mayor Berke stated he will announce a new chief operating officer for the city in the coming days.

Mayor Berke said, “Over the past several months, we have improved Chattanooga through investing in our youth, building stronger neighborhoods, and making our streets safer. Across departments, city employees have enthusiastically worked to make services more effective and efficient for our constituents. Andrew Kean has been a valuable part of our efforts, working with others to reorganize government and improve our daily operations. I appreciate his service and wish him the best of luck. I know we have a dynamic group of people here at City Hall - and I look forward to continuing to work with them on building a better Chattanooga.”

Mr. Kean said, “As a member of the Berke administration, I am immensely proud of the work we have accomplished. I am honored to have worked with such an incredible team and will continue to be involved in their community priorities from the business world.”

“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. I wish Mr. Kean well and I look forward to continuing to do important work with the talented team the mayor has assembled,” said City Council Chairmen Yusuf Hakeem.


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