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.


Corker Announces Vote On Highway Bill Amendment To Remove "Budget Gimmick"

Senator Bob Corker announced Tuesday the Senate has agreed to vote on his bipartisan amendment to the Highway Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021) that he said "would remove a budget gimmick known as pension smoothing to pay for a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund and force Congress to stop shirking its responsibility to pass a long-term transportation bill ... (click for more)

Suspects Identified In Cleveland Greenway Burglaries, Vandalism

Suspects have been identified in the vandalism and car burglary cases in Cleveland, police said. Detective Matt Jenkins expects to make the arrests by the end of the week.  A $500 reward had been being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) involved in car burglaries and/or vandalism occurring last weekend in and around the Greenway and its ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)

Recap of 17 Stop, Prep Football Tour

Starting at Soddy Daisy at 7:44 a.m. and leaving Silverdale 14 hours later ( 9:58 p.m.), the fifth annual Chattanoogan.com prep football tour made whistle stops at 17 schools covering 220 miles.   The Chattanooga Jamboree is Aug. 15-16 at Finley Stadium and the season openers are Thurs. Aug. 21   - Cleveland vs. McCallie (Finley Stadium) ... (click for more)

NPSL National Championship To Be Played At Red Bulls Arena

The NPSL announced on Monday that the national championship match between Chattanooga FC and the Red Bulls U23 will be played on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  The match will be played following an MLS match between New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution.   Local fans took to social media to appeal for the game to be played in Chattanooga. ... (click for more)