KNOXVILLE -- Mayor-elect Madeline Rogero today named a three-member transition team, led by outgoing city Deputy to the Mayor Larry Martin.
"This team includes three community leaders dedicated to the future of Knoxville whose strong backgrounds and talents will ensure a smooth transition into office and prepare us to deal with the challenges and opportunities ahead," Rogero said.
The other members of the team include:
Sam Anderson – Knoxville Parks and Recreation Director from 1987 to 2002. Anderson retired from the city last year after serving as senior director of the Operations and Efficiency Department. Prior to becoming the first African-American city department head, Anderson was a teacher and coach in the school system, leading Austin-East High School to state championships in football and girls' track. He is a former chairman of the Knox County School Board.
Anne Woodle – director of the East Tennessee Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center. Woodle is a former member of the school board as well. She has a master's degree in planning from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a bachelor of science degree in management from the University of North Carolina Asheville.
The mayor-elect said she is particularly pleased that Deputy to the Mayor Martin, a former executive with First Tennessee bank, agreed to serve as chair of the transition team. He plans to leave the city near the end of the current term of interim Mayor Daniel Brown.
"Larry and I enjoyed a great working relationship as we served together in the previous city administration," she said. "Larry's experience as deputy to the mayor, as well as his extensive background in business, will be great strengths that we can rely upon during the transition."
Rogero said each member of the team brings similar expertise to the task of helping her build her new administration.
"We took a deliberate approach to recruit team members whose expertise matches closely with the needs of city government," Rogero said. "I couldn't be more pleased with the caliber of the persons who have agreed to serve their city."
Rogero takes office as Knoxville's first woman mayor on December 17, 2011.