Berke Names McDonough, Kean, Richardson To Top City Posts

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Crowd at press conference
Crowd at press conference

Mayor-Elect Andy Berke on Wednesday said he has filled several top positions in his administration. 

Attorney Travis McDonough will serve as chief of staff and counselor to the mayor. 

Andrew Kean, who is vice chairman of Rock City, will be the city's chief operating officer. 

Stacy Richardson, Mr. Berke's former campaign manager, will be senior advisor to the mayor and chief policy officer. 

Mr. McDonough will replace Dan Johnson, who served during the Littlefield administration, but the other two positions are new to the city government.

Mr. Berke said, "I need the best people serving our city. Our recruiting is focused on identifying outstanding individuals who will help improve our community by bringing jobs here and keeping our streets safe."

Mr. McDonough leads the litigation department at Miller & Martin. He said, "Mayor-Elect Berke has laid out a clear vision for Chattanooga focused on economic and community development, public safety and youth development. I am eager to get to work implementing hs vision for Chattanooga."

Mr. Berke said as COO, Mr. Kean "will be tasked with oversight of the day-to-day operations of city government. He will ensure that city services are delivered efficiently and effectively."

Mr. Kean said, "I am honored to be part of this dynamic team. I will work with the transition team to streamline existing processes and offer the best services at the lowest cost to taxpayers."

Mr. Berke said Ms. Richardson "has a thorough knowledge of my campaign platform and vision for Chattanooga, as well as background in policy and research."

She said, "I am honored to serve in the Berke administration. I am dedicated to implementing the policies that will accomplish Mayor-Elect Berke's agenda."

Travis McDonough

Travis McDonough serves as head of Mayor-elect Berke’s transition team as well as chairman of Miller Martin's litigation department. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Sewanee: University of the South, Travis has held a position at Miller Martin since 1997. He is a board member for the Engel Foundation and the United States Global Leadership Council. Travis and his family are also active members of the New City Fellowship.

Andrew Kean

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Andrew Kean serves as Vice Chairman of See Rock City, Inc., a family owned portfolio of hospitality businesses. Prior to this role, Andrew led the company as President & COO, focusing on four key areas: cultural development, leadership development, financial/operational management, and strategic planning. Active in the community, Andrew has served or currently serves as an advisor or Board member for several local organizations.

Stacy Richardson

Stacy Richardson graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with University and Departmental Honors for her research examining education finance systems. Previous to her work as Berke’s campaign manager, she was a Research Fellow at the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies where her research focused on education and economic development.

From left are Stacy Richardson, Mayor-Elect Andy Berke, Travis McDonough and Andrew Kean
From left are Stacy Richardson, Mayor-Elect Andy Berke, Travis McDonough and Andrew Kean

City Won't Give In On Charging County Schools A Stormwater Fee

City officials on Tuesday indicated they are not giving in on the subject of charging the county schools a stormwater fee. The City Council passed a resolution giving the city attorney the authority to sue if necessary for the $1.7 million the city claims that it is currently owed. City Attorney Wade Hinton said he would not file the suit unless the matter can be worked out ... (click for more)

Federal Judge May Give Madame 2nd Chance

In the case of a Union City, Tn.,  woman who pleaded guilty to interstate transport of an individual for the purpose of prostitution, Federal Judge Sandy Mattice decided to delay her sentence for six weeks to see if she had changed her life. This came after defense attorney Myrlene Marsa argued that Tatiana Valencia Wallace had not been involved in coercion of any form. ... (click for more)

What's Wrong With The City Recycle Program? - And Response (2)

Being new to recycling, I have lots to learn.  I rely on 311 and the attendants at the neighborhood collection centers to assist in building my knowledge.   Recently, I had an experience that makes me reconsidered my recycling efforts.  I loaded up my car, called 311 to verify what I could take, only to be blocked by the attendant at my neighborhood collection ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That Billboard & Much More

Now that early voting has started and our strawberries have hopefully survived this last blush of winter, allow me to catch up on some things but, first, here’s a letter from a concerned reader I feel compelled to share: “There is something I have noticed throughout Brainerd, East Brainerd, Dayton, etc. A billboard has been put up, I believe by the Health Department of Hamilton ... (click for more)

Cuonzo Martin Leaves Tennessee For Job At California

Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin apparently took his name out of the coaching search at Marquette so he could put it in a hat at the University of California at Berkeley. On Tuesday, Martin broke ties with the Volunteers and accepted the head coaching job with the Bears. Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart admitted Martin’s move surprised him. “Not from my perspective,” ... (click for more)

Mocs Win Women's Southern Conference Championship

The Chattanooga Mocs are your Southern Conference Women’s Golf Champions. That’s five straight team titles and sophomore Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia) made it the fourth consecutive sweep winning medalist honors. McLennan was solid shooting 222 for her 54 holes on a tough week for scoring. She won by four strokes over Furman’s Taylor Totland and was seven clear of ... (click for more)