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Jerry Mitchell, District 2

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   JERRY MITCHELL (District 2)
Contact Information:
   Phone: (423) 643-7187
   Fax:(423) 643-7199

   Mailing Address:  City Council Building
   1000 Lindsay Street
   Chattanooga, TN 37402-4233

Councilman Mitchell, a first-time candidate in 2013, defeated two opponents vying to replace retiring Councilwoman Sally Robinson.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Public Works & Transportation Committee for 2020-2021.

Councilman Mitchell has spent his entire career in private and public sector management positions.  He attended St. Jude School and graduated from Notre Dame High School and attended college at UTC, UTK, and Florida State before taking his first full-time job with a local non-profit – Sr. Neighbors of Chattanooga.

As Director of Senior Employment Services at Sr. Neighbors, he managed a team of 80 people. He learned about job creation and workforce issues and worked closely with local partners to place seniors in work positions around the region. This early experience with workforce development led to his next position that gave him all-important international business experience.

At Tel-a-Train, he was Vice President of International Operations and US Sales for workplace training products. For ten years this work took him to Canada, Central and South America, Asia, Australia, and across the US. He managed 40 employees, as well as several distributorships and satellite offices.

Two subsequent positions involving computer solutions for manufacturing and staffing found Councilman Mitchell closer to home and ready to engage in a civic role. As a lover of the outdoors, he led the creation of Chattanooga's Recreate 2008, the city's first comprehensive recreation plan. As a volunteer he worked closely with city staff, the professional recreation consultants, neighborhoods, and other city leaders. The success of this planning process led former Mayor Jon Kinsey to appoint him as head of the city's Parks and Recreation in 1998, where he implemented the plan.

Working for both Mayors Jon Kinsey and later Bob Corker, Councilman Mitchell led a department of over 300 employees responsible for the operation, programming and upkeep of the city's parks, playgrounds, golf courses, civic facilities, zoo, and recreation centers. His administration oversaw an increase in parkland – including Coolidge Park, The Champions Club in Lupton City, DuPont Park in Hixson, Enterprise South Nature Park and the 21st Century Waterfront. He also directed the creation of the Public Art Plan and the development of the Outdoor Initiative, both intended to improve quality of life as a local economic development generator. Jerry increased efficiencies by reducing operating expenses during the final three years of his leadership of Parks, Recreation, Arts & Culture.

Under his leadership the Department of Parks and Recreation took citizen involvement to a new level, engaging people in how the city could best serve recreational needs in their own neighborhoods, and across the city as a whole. His department led a public process that resulted in one of the nation's best-recognized Public Art Programs – and one that continues to attract most of its funding from private or national partners. The Outdoor Initiative has served as an essential part of the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau strategy, as well as a major recruitment tool for the Chamber of Commerce. As Jerry's time at Parks, Recreation, Arts& Culture drew to a close in 2005, he helped celebrate the opening of the 21st Century Waterfront. The $120 million dollar improvements of Ross's Landing and the Northshore area used no general fund dollars and have attracted economic generators like the Head of the Hooch to Chattanooga, as well as providing an amazing place for Chattanooga families to enjoy each other's company.

After seven years in public service, Councilman Mitchell returned to private business working in commercial real estate and new store development for 2NDS in Building Materials, Inc., a Chattanooga based company.

Councilman Mitchell has now committed himself full time to connecting with his fellow District 2 neighbors and voters, learning what is important to them, and helping people understand his own thoughts about the future of the district and the city. He continues to enjoy all things outdoors in his spare time. He and his wife, Carla Donina, live in North Chattanooga and are raising her three children, son Taylor, who lives in District 2 and is employed locally, and two daughters, Sara and Julia, who attend colleges out of town.

District 2 consists of the following precincts:
  • Lupton City
  • North Chattanooga 1 & 2
  • Northgate 1 & 2
  • Riverview
  • Stuart Heights

District 2 Map


City Council
1000 Lindsay Street(map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone:(423) 643-7170
Fax: (423) 643-7199



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