Mayor Kelly makes 5 appointments, including moving Chris Anderson to deal with codes and ordinances
Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly announced Tuesday that he is fulfilling five key roles in his administration “promoting currently serving personnel who have demonstrated the ability to handle critical items on the One Chattanooga strategy agenda. “.
Subject to City Council approval, the Mayor has appointed Karitsa Mosley Jones as Administrator of the Early Learning Department. Ms. Mosley Jones has been working since August to establish the Mayor’s Community Forward partnership with Hamilton County schools, overseeing a seven-person team to connect parents and students to needed resources and services.
With her experience as a District 5 representative on the Hamilton County School Board and as the first employee of the Office of Early Learning when it was established in 2017, the Mayor said Ms. Mosley Jones “is well prepared for lead the mayor’s agenda on early learning and will greatly enhance the city’s ability to better serve its youngest students.”
He added, “The future of our city hinges on the actions we take today to provide high-quality, accessible, and equitable early learning opportunities for our youngest students. Our commitment to early learning has never been stronger, and with Karitsa in the lead, I’m confident we have the tools in place to deliver the results our residents expect and deserve.
Ms. Mosley Jones is a licensed social worker who has spent over 12 years working to help Chattanooga families and was a member of the inaugural 2015 class of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders program. She earned her Masters in Social Work and Bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Alabama A&M University.
The mayor also appointed former councilman Chris Anderson to a new position as the mayor’s senior adviser for legislative initiatives, where he will be primarily responsible for code reform and ordinances. Mr. Anderson, who previously served as Administrator of the Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance, will work closely with City Council on a comprehensive overhaul of city ordinances to promote access to housing that every resident can afford, as well as cutting red tape and streamlining government rules to be more consistent, predictable and efficient, it said.
“We have a lot of complicated zoning codes and rules to deal with, and we’ve been kicking the streets for too many years,” Mayor Kelly said. “I can’t think of a better person than Chris who knows the current ordinances and their shortcomings, and who can work with our City Council to help guide these important initiatives to revise our rules for land use, zoning and of application.”
Mr. Anderson served on the Chattanooga City Council from 2013 to 2017, while also serving as chair of the council’s Economic and Community Development Committee. During his tenure, Anderson was elected by his national peers to serve on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, also serving on the board of directors of the Tennessee Municipal League. He is a lifelong Chattanoogan who lives in Jefferson Heights with his dogs Madison and Jefferson.
Subject to confirmation by City Council, Mayor Kelly has tapped Tim Moreland to fill Mr. Anderson’s former role as Administrator of the Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance.
Mr. Moreland is the deputy administrator of the Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance, where he helps lead the city’s innovation and performance efforts. Previously, he was the founding director of the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Performance Management and Open Data. There, he and his small team are working to make the city more citizen-centric and data-driven in their service delivery. He has over five years of experience leading the City of Chattanooga’s data-driven efforts.
If confirmed by City Council, Mr. Moreland will continue to work to ensure departments are effectively leveraging data to deliver the most efficient and effective service to city residents. The Innovation Delivery and Performance Administrator also oversees OPMOD and 311.
The mayor has also named Dylan Rivera to join his team as director of policy planning and implementation, filling the role vacated by Brooke Satterfield when she was promoted to deputy chief of staff.
Mr. Rivera will help guide strategic initiatives, working with departments across the city to help implement the Mayor’s One Chattanooga strategy.
Mr. Rivera previously served as Director of Special Innovation Projects in the Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance, and worked as Deputy Political Director for Kelly’s mayoral campaign. In other roles, Rivera has served as project manager for the Southeast Tennessee Development District and principal investigator for the prescription drug monitoring program, EirSystems. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he studied public policy and criminal justice reform.
Mayor Kelly also appointed Kimberly Strong, who has held various positions with the city since 1993, to fill the important role of Coordinator of Constituent Services. As Constituent Services Coordinator, Strong will support both Mayor Kelly and members of City Council by responding to inquiries, calls and complaints from residents, ensuring that constituents receive the best service possible. .
Ms. Strong was previously a Public Information Specialist for the City of Chattanooga’s Water Quality Program, where she acted as the liaison between the department and the public. Prior to this position, she served as the recycling coordinator for the city, where she oversaw a $750,000 budget and ensured compliance with local, state and federal guidelines.
Ms. Strong has been honored multiple times as the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and has received multiple accolades from Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in the Unbought and Unbossed awards. She was also honored as Public Works Employee of the Year and chaired the American Public Works Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
The appointments of Ms. Mosley Jones and Mr. Moreland are subject to confirmation by City Council and will not be effective until confirmed.