Oak Ridge Electric Director Jack Suggs promoted to Deputy City Manager

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (March 4, 2021) – The City of Oak Ridge is proud to announce Electric Director Jack Suggs has been promoted to Deputy City Manager.

Suggs’ transition will allow for the internal growth of some of the City’s potential leaders, most immediately in the Electric Department. Ardo Ba, who is currently the department’s Electric Operations Manager, will serve as Interim Electric Director.

“The City is fortunate to have someone with a unique set of engineering, business and operations knowledge and experience who is able to step up,” Suggs said of Ba. “I am confident that I am leaving the Department in capable hands.”

Suggs joined the City of Oak Ridge in 1989 as Assistant Director of Public Works after having served in related professional positions in Texas. He moved to the role of Electric Director in 1991.

“I have been honored to serve the Oak Ridge community as part of the City’s leadership team for many years. During that time, I have developed meaningful initiatives and been entrusted with many projects both inside and outside of the Electric Department. Using this experience as a base, I look forward to working with the City Manager in addressing the wider organizational needs of the community, both project-based and programmatic,” Suggs said.

In his new role, Suggs will be able to work and facilitate several ongoing projects involving the City, including computer software implementation, a new water plant, economic development projects and the transfer of the Airport project.

“Jack and I have had a strong working relationship over the last 10 years, and I have always admired his professionalism and problem-solving skills,” said Oak Ridge City Manager Dr. Mark Watson. “With the growing workload the City is facing, having Jack in this new position will be beneficial to the community.”

Suggs’ history with the City as an effective, strategic planner and manager, supplements his experience with organizational management and supervision, measurement of employee performance, and the legal aspects of personnel administration.

He has developed and implemented policies for the Utility Business Office which resulted in significant reduction of lost revenue and improved consistent customer service.

“I am an emphatic supporter of lifelong learning who believes that to be successful, one must take advantage of personal and professional development opportunities,” Suggs said.

Jack is well known for working with organizations in the region to help them meet their goals, including the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee, and East Tennessee Industrial Development Association.

As Electric Director, he has been an active and respected voice regionally and nationally on matters related to the Electric Industry. Suggs has served in a variety of leadership roles: Tennessee Valley Public Power Association, Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association, Appalachian Public Power Association, and national advisory roles for the Electric Power Research Institute. 

Suggs has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

“Jack is an energetic and involved leader and will, without a doubt, engage in many improvements in the City in the next 2 to 3 years,” Watson said.

His first day in the new role is March 8, 2021. He will be sworn in at the Monday, March 8, 2021 Oak Ridge City Council meeting.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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