Dockery, Keown, Smith Named To City Posts

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mayor Andy Berke has named Todd Dockery as city human resources director. The post was formerly called personnel director.

He is keeping longtime city treasurer Gayle Keown in that role.

The appointments are expected to be confirmed by the City Council on Tuesday night.

Also, former Howard School principal Paul Smith will be public safety coordinator, working on crime prevention techniques. He had said earlier he was leaving his Howard post. 

Mr. Dockery has been serving as director of human resources at Open Arms Care in Chattanooga and as an adjunct professor at UTC.

He formerly was manager of, employee benefits at US Xpress, manager of compensation and benefits at Covenant Transport, and human resources coordinator at Kindred Healthcare.

The UTC graduate is a certified human resources professional, group benefits associate and MBA graduate.

Ms. Keown was promoted to city treasurer in late 2005.

She began her career as a clerk-stenographer for the city treasurer’s office in 1966 during the tenure of the late City Treasurer Earl Counts.

She graduated from Central High School and attended McKenzie Business College.

Mrs. Keown served as assistant treasurer to Carl Levi, who was later Hamilton County Trustee, for 25 years. 

The city announced the termination of Thad Oliver, who formerly was deputy administrator of the now-defunct department of Education, Arts and Culture. His pay was $71,102. Mr. Oliver had remained on staff to help with the Tivoli and Memorial Auditorium.

Alice Cannella has been promoted to director of waste resources at a salary of $96,284. 

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