City Board Appointments Announced

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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City Board Appointments Announced

Posted: 01/09/2007
Mayor Bill Haslam has announced the appointment or reappointment of several Knoxville citizens to city boards. The city has more than 60 boards, commissions and committees designed to provide public input from residents to different city agencies. Those appointed recently include: George Prosser and Dr. Arlene A. Garrison have been appointed to the Public Building Authority Board of Commissioners. Mr. Prosser is a retired inspector general for the Tennessee Valley Authority. A Gallatin native Mr. Prosser is a University of Tennessee graduate with a B.S. in accounting. Since retiring from TVA he has worked as a licensed private investigator here in Knoxville. Prior to joining TVA in 1986 Mr. Prosser was an FBI Special Agent for 15 years. He also previously was an officer in the United States Army where he served in Vietnam and in Panama and is the recipient of numerous decorations. Dr. Garrison is an assistant vice president for research at the University of Tennessee where she has served for the past 25 years in a variety of positions. She earned both her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in analytical chemistry from UT. Dr. Garrison has published numerous technical papers in journals and lectured at many universities and conferences around the world. She is a member of the American Chemical Society's Women's Chemist Committee and has served on the ACS Presidential Task Force on Women in the Chemical Profession. Locally Dr. Garrison is on the Board of the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair and is active in the Fountain City United Methodist Church.

The Public Building Authority Board of Commissioners consists of 11 members who serve six-year terms. Knoxville's mayor appoints five of them while the Knox County Mayor appoints the other six.The Public Building Authority develops, constructs, owns and/or maintains various facilities for the City of Knoxville and Knox County. Tom Simpson and Terry Faulkner have been reappointed to the City Tree Board and Kimberly Davis has been appointed to the City Tree Board. Mr. Simpson is currently the East Tennessee Regional Urban Forester for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and he works closely with utilities and communities around the state in that capacity.He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from the University of Tennessee and has nearly 25 years experience as a utility and urban forester.Ms. Faulkner is a board member of Keep Knoxville Beautiful; president of the Bearden Council; a former member of the KAT Community Advisory Committee and a former president of the Forest Heights Homeowners Association.She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and worked for more than 20 years as a scientific illustrator at UT.Ms. Davis is a certified professional engineer and a past president of the Knoxville Technical Society and the Knoxville chapter of Professional Engineers. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in environmental engineering from Clemson University.Ms. Davis currently works as a senior research associate at the University of Tennessee. She is on the city's Board of Environmental Appeals.The City Tree Board is made up of 11 members who serve four-year terms. The group's responsibilities include developing a master street tree plan for all municipal properties and advising city council concerning legislation among other duties.Don Sproles was reappointed and Patrick Roddy was appointed to the Knoxville Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners.Mr. Sproles is a Kingsport native who earned both a B.S. degree and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. He practiced law in Knoxville from 1978-1988. He and his wife Karen operate The Lunchbox Restaurants in Knoxville.

Mr. Roddy is a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services. A University of North Carolina graduate he has been an executive for Coca-Cola and was the executive director of the Knoxville Zoo for several years. The Knoxville Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners has nine members, seven of which are appointed by the mayor. The KTA serves as the policy making board for all for-hire passenger transportation services within the city.Howard Vogel was appointed to the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. Mr. Vogel is an attorney with the law firm of O'Neil, Parker & Williamson. A board certified mediator he is a Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators and a member of its Board of Governors.A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee College of Law, Mr. Vogel has served as president of both the Knoxville and Tennessee Bar Associations.The Airport Authority Board is the governing board for McGhee Tyson and Downtown Island Airports.Norman Wright and Charlotte Tolley have been appointed to the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council.Mr. Wright has many years of retail grocery experience and recently worked with the Metro Village IGA.Ms. Tolley is a former recipient of the Food Policy Council's TN Karet Award for her work as co-founder of the Market Square Farmer's Market. She currently serves as director of the market.The food policy council is an 11-member body consisting of five members who are appointed by Knoxville's mayor and six members who are appointed by the Knox County mayor.The council monitors and evaluates Knoxville's food system in terms of costs, availability and accessibility among other factors.