Mayor of Chattanooga appoints director of operations and deputy administrator for community development



Photos provided by the City of Chattanooga / Erskine Oglesby, left, Ryan Ewalt, right.

A former city councilor and an assistant vice president of Unum have been appointed to the leadership team of the mayor of Chattanooga, Tim Kelly.

Ryan Ewalt will serve as the city’s director of operations, and Erskine Oglesby has been appointed deputy administrator for community development. Ewalt and Oglesby will assume their designated roles in late November, according to a press release released this week.

Ewalt, deputy vice president and officer of the Chattanooga-based Unum group, joins the mayor’s office with “17 years of operational experience in the insurance, automotive and consulting industries,” the statement said. Ewalt will oversee the day-to-day operations of municipal government and will also be responsible for organizational success within and between departments, city officials said.

Oglesby previously served on the Chattanooga City Council representing District 7 from 2017 to 2021 and has prior experience in corporate engagement for United Way of Greater Chattanooga and business services for the Southeastern Development District of Tennessee.

Oglesby has also served in leadership roles on the board of directors of Dodson Avenue Community Health Center, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, WTCI-TV and other community organizations.

“It is a pleasure to bring my professional and volunteer experience in community service to such an impactful role for the city I love,” Oglesby said in the release.

Oglesby unsuccessfully ran for mayor last spring.

Kelly said in a statement accompanying Monday’s announcement that he was “excited that Ryan and Erskine are bringing their skills, experience and heart to public service to the town of Chattanooga.”

– Compiled by Kiara Green

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