Statement from Mayor Rogero on Mark Donaldson's Retirement

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Statement from Mayor Rogero on Mark Donaldson's Retirement

Posted: 08/14/2014
August 14, 2014 - I want to thank Mark Donaldson for more than 9 years of public service to our community, and wish him well in his retirement.

Serving as the executive director of a planning organization is a tough job - you have to balance competing interests, strong opinions and personalities, and you have to be able to form consensus and craft creative, logical and common-sense policies that work for Knoxville and Knox County.

State law allows the City and County to enter into a cooperative agreement regarding the organization, composition and funding of MPC, and the selection of its planning director.

I have spoken with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and MPC Chair Rebecca Longmire about our next steps. Mayor Burchett and I have agreed to establish this cooperative agreement and to then jointly appoint a search committee comprised of a representative of each mayor, MPC Chair Longmire, and others to be announced.

I anticipate a wide search. The director should possess the strong planning, leadership and communications skills needed to collaborate with business, neighborhood and government partners to proactively move the community forward.

We welcome ideas and suggestions from MPC commissioners, planning staff, and citizens as we embark on the selection process.