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

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