(Pictured L-R: Former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Thomas "Tank" Strickland, Governor Bill Haslam, Sixth District Councilman (Former Knoxville Mayor) Daniel Brown.)
Family, friends and colleagues of Thomas “Tank” Strickland wished him well in retirement and celebrated his many decades of public service. Strickland stepped down today as Community Relations Director, a role he defined and expanded as he served as a highly-respected liaison between community organizations and the City.
The Community Relations Department administers City government’s Equal Employment Opportunity programs, which help recruit qualified minority and women job candidates and handle investigation of complaints of discrimination. Strickland also oversaw the City’s Police Advisory and Review Committee, Title VI and Equal Business Opportunity programs, as well as the Save Our Sons initiative that’s working to reduce violence and create opportunity for young men and boys of color.
Strickland also had served on the Knox County Commission, including service as its chairman. His accomplishments included constructing a new park in his 1st District, which was named in his honor when it opened in 2010, and leveraging reinvestment in the Five Points community.
Strickland was a founding member of both the InterFaith Health Clinic and the Howard Circle of Friends, a senior day-care group for people with Alzheimer’s. He recently received the national Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award for community advocacy from the Community Action Partnership.
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