Mayors Name Jeff Welch as Interim MPC Executive Director

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Mayors Name Jeff Welch as Interim MPC Executive Director

Posted: 11/25/2014
November 25, 2014 - Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett announced today that Jeff Welch will serve as interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

Welch is Director of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), which is housed within MPC. He will serve in the interim position while a joint City-County committee conducts a search for a permanent replacement for MPC Executive Director Mark Donaldson, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Welch, a Certified Planner by the American Planning Association, has been TPO Director for 29 years and has served as interim MPC director once before. TPO is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Knoxville Urban Area, which consists of all of Knox County plus the cities of Alcoa, Maryville, Clinton, Loudon, Oak Ridge and Lenoir City, and the unincorporated area of Seymour, and their associated counties.

The MPC Executive Director search committee is advertising nationally for the position. Applications are due in by Dec. 31, 2014. The committee will make a recommendation to the two mayors, who will make the final decision.