City of Oak Ridge names Eric Ault as new Personnel Director

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Feb. 20, 2024) – The City of Oak Ridge has selected Eric Ault as its new Personnel Director.

Ault joined the City in February 2020 as the Electric Department’s Process Improvement Specialist. Within a matter of months, he was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager and served in that role for about 2 years, with a 3-month period of also fulfilling the duties of the Senior Communications Specialist.

“I’m looking forward to continuing my career with the city in this new role,” Ault said.

Ault stepped into the role of Interim Personnel Director in December 2022.

“Former City Manager Dr. Mark Watson was retiring, and the decision was made to allow the next City Manager to determine who filled the position,” Ault said.

Oak Ridge City Manager Randy Hemann began on November 1 and Ault began his 60-day job interview.

“I tasked Eric with several big projects in addition to his day-to-day duties and he performed well. Then, I interacted with the Personnel staff and quickly learned of the mutual support between the staff and Mr. Ault,” Hemann said. “I am excited to see Eric step into the role on a permanent basis and know he will do a great job for the City.”

Prior to Hemann’s arrival, Ault had assisted the City Manager and Deputy City Manager on work for the City Council Compensation Committee, the Oak Ridge General Aviation Airport project, as well as various research tasks.

Ault has a Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

“While I was at UT, I also played trumpet with the Pride of the Southland Marching Band,” Ault said. “Outside of the fun that’s part of playing in the band, being in Neyland Stadium and stadiums across the country, I was also able to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, precision and working under pressure.”

Ault is also a member of Tennessee City Manager’s Association and Leadership Anderson County, Class of 2022.

He has lived in Oak Ridge since February 2021 and bought a home here in 2023. He was officially named director on February 5, 2024.

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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