Sevierville's Bryan Atchley named Mayor of the Year

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

The Tennessee Municipal League recently honored Sevierville Mayor Bryan Atchley with its Mayor of the Year award.

Atchley received the award at the league's annual conference in Memphis. The conference began Saturday and ended Tuesday with a breakfast banquet, where around 10 other awards were also given.

“Mayor Atchley’s accomplishments have shaped Sevierville for decades to come,” said Ken Wilbur, league President and mayor of Portland, Tenn., in a release about the award. “Through his extraordinary leadership, he has achieved goals through the use of basic and accepted governance practices.”

Atchley, who has served the city as an alderman for 10 years and as mayor for 18 years, said receiving the award was a great honor.

"There are over 300 mayors in Tennessee, so any time you get an award like that given by your peers, it means a lot," Atchley said. "To be recognized as one of the best, it's a huge honor."

The award, Atchley noted, is given for accomplishments that span more than the past year. During his tenure, Atchley has overseen new private developments as well as public improvements, including a new City Hall and police station, a convention center and two public golf courses, Smokies Baseball Stadium, and transportation infrastructure improvements.

Besides these improvements, Atchley believes he won the award "because I live in a great city."

"One of the easiest jobs in the world is being mayor of Sevierville because of the people living here," he said. "Sevierville has a great staff at city hall, and everywhere else, and we have a great citizens here."

As mayor, Atchley's main goal is to be accessible to citizens.

"Too many times you can't find officials, you have to go through layer after layer of people to talk to them," Atchley said. "I've made my cell phone and home phone public, my business phone is in the book, I've returned phone calls and remained accessible."

An administrator of the Sevier County Health Center since 1991, Atchley was also selected Nursing Home Administrator of the Year in 2010.

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