GATLINBURG — City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle turned to a familiar face when she decided to hire an assistant city manager, selecting Sevier County Trustee Greg Patterson, who previously served as the city’s fire chief.
Patterson will take over the position Jan. 3, meaning the Sevier County Commission will have a new position to fill before next year’s county elections.
Ogle was the last assistant city manager Gatlinburg had; she served in that position from 1978 until she became city manager in 1989. Patterson served as chief of the city’s fire department from 2005 to 2008.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be chosen to serve the City of Gatlinburg in this capacity,” Patterson said. “I look forward to working alongside City Manager Cindy Ogle and the dedicated staff members of the City to continue to provide excellent services to the citizens, businesses and visitors of the City.”
Duties for the reinstated assistant manager position include assisting with financial planning, budgeting and financial statements as well as aiding in development of operational policies.
Patterson has been the Sevier County Trustee since 2016, when he was appointed to finish the term of Jettie Clabo after she resigned.
He won election in 2018.
Prior to that, he served as assistant county mayor to Larry Waters.
He also served as administrator of the Pigeon Forge Fire Department prior to being the Gatlinburg fire chief. He also served a term on Sevier County Commission.
“Greg’s many years of experience in local government operations, along with his management skills and knowledge of finance and economic development, along with his knowledge of the Gatlinburg community will make him a great addition to our team,” Ogle said.
“Greg has demonstrated his strong commitment to public service which is evident through his years of local government work and understands the city’s organizational values.”
It will be the third time in the last few months that the Sevier County Commission has had to fill a vacancy.
After the death of Sevier County General Sessions Clerk Connie Holt, commissioners selected Chief Deputy Penny Johnson to complete her term.
They selected outgoing Sevier County Schools Director Jack Parton to complete the term of Commissioner Keith Whaley, after Whaley’s resignation.
Both positions will be up for election next year.
Patterson grew up in Pigeon Forge, but he attended Gatlinburg-Pittman High School — Pigeon Forge High School had not opened yet when he was in high school.
His first job was at the Gatlinburg Country Club, where he would meet many people who were involved in local government.
“When I was there, there were so many people there that were influential to me that were involved in government — council members, mayors, people like that, that really treated me well. Ever since then I thought I want to be that, I want to be involved in government.”
“It’s nice to see that where I started my first job is where I hope to end my career,” he said.
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