Tom Pessemier to begin as Oak Ridge Deputy City Manager on May 6

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 24, 2024) – Oak Ridge City Manager Randy Hemann has selected Tom Pessemier as his next Deputy City Manager. He’s set to begin on May 6.

Pessemier brings 16 years of municipal government and finance experience serving in various roles including City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Public Works Director, Community Development Director, and City Engineer.

 “I am thrilled to have Tom joining our team in Oak Ridge – he has a track record of bringing people together to achieve community goals and provide excellent customer service,” Oak Ridge City Manager Randy Hemann said. “I look forward to partnering with Tom and our leadership team to serve the citizens and institutions in Oak Ridge.”

He most recently served three years with the City of Independence, Oregon, as City Manager and Public Works Director. Prior to that, he was Assistant City Manager of the City of Sherwood, Oregon, for six years.

“I am excited to be joining the outstanding management team at the City of Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge is home to many residents who are world leaders in innovation and advanced manufacturing technologies,” Pessemier said. “It is an honor to be able to serve this community. I am looking forward to all the great accomplishments that will be achieved together in Oak Ridge.”

Pessemier has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Oregon State University. He and his wife moved to East Tennessee when his daughters attended college in Jefferson City.

“Our family has made what has turned out to be an exceptional decision to permanently relocate to East Tennessee since it is an incredible place to grow, live, work and play,” said Pessemier.

He said he looks forward to moving to the City and getting to work listening and learning while developing foundational relationships over the coming months.

Pessemier assumes the position from Jack Suggs who retired April 5.

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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