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Berke announces three new department heads for City Hall

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Friday afternoon, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced three positions in his new administration.

At a podium at the Bethlehem Center, Berke began with the appointments that he hopes will reform the city government and its functionality.

James H. McKissic has been named director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; Lurone Jennings was named  administrator of the Department of Youth and Family Development and Blythe Bailey as head of the Department of Transportation.

McKissic is CEO of the Urban League of Chattanooga.

Jennings, a former principal at Howard, is the executive director of the Bethlehem Center.

Bailey is an architect with River Street Architecture.

The announcements came at the end of the week where Berke restructured Chattanooga City Hall, with an unanimous vote of approval from the Chattanooga City Council.

Chattanooga's Education, Arts and Culture; Neighborhood Services; Parks and Recreation and Human Services departments were dissolved.

In their place, the City Council approved of three new departments; Youth and Family Development; Economic and Community Development and Transportation.

More appointments are expected over the next few weeks.

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