Hackler to take office April 1st as New Norris City Manager

Scott Hackler, New Norris City Manager

(From the Norris Bulletin 3/13/19) Norris, TN: Scott Hackler, who was selected by the Norris City Council last week to serve as the City’s next City Manager, will assume his post, Monday, April 1. In an inter- view with The Bulletin, Hackler indicated that he is excited about the opportunities presented by this challenge and is looking forward to embarking on the work ahead of him.

He stressed that his first task would be to meet with department heads and City employees in an attempt to familiarize himself with their needs and how he can best assist them in accomplishing their jobs. He noted that he saw his primary function was, first, to make sure that each department had the resources necessary to perform their specific responsibilities and, secondly, to be available in case additional support was needed from his office.

Hackler added that, as a lifelong resident of Norris, he believed he was in a unique position to pro vide the necessary leadership and vision required to move the City forward. One of his first goals, he said, was to establish a solid and effective working relationship with Anderson County govern- mental officials, as well as other local municipal officials and com- munity leaders in the area.

He emphasized that, in his role as Chief of the Norris Volunteer Fire Department, he had worked to strengthen ties with the fire departments in nearby Andersonville and hoped to develop a stronger mutual aid agreement with that jurisdiction, as well as Clinton and other County fire departments.

In his opinion, Norris was extremely fortunate to have a staff of effective and dedicated employees, and he did not foresee any sudden or dramatic changes in the lineup of current personnel.

One complication that arose following his selection is the fact that, according to the provisions of an existing city ordinance, his new position as City Manager precludes his ability to remain as Fire Chief, so he has announced that he will surrender that post and name a replacement for the fire department post once he takes office.

Further, the city nepotism laws made it necessary for his son, Gabe, to relinquish his position as a part-time dispatcher with the Police Department.

One comes away from a conversation with our new City Manager with the conclusion that he is genuinely concerned about the future of Norris and, also, that he was motivated to seek out the position by a strong desire to serve his hometown and its people. Although he is the first to admit that he is lacking in administrative experience at the municipal level, it quickly becomes obvious that his work history indicates a strong sense of accomplishment and the ability to perform the task at hand.

A special thank you to the Norris Bulletin for this article.

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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