Gov. Bill Haslam answers a question during a news conference in this file photo.Photo by Associated Press
NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has created a chief operating officer position in Tennessee government and has tapped a former IBM executive to fill it.
Greg Adams’ role is working with state departments to “ensure they’re operating in the most efficient and effective way possible,” the governor’s office said in a news release.
Haslam said Adams will “bring a fresh perspective to the work we’re doing every day to serve Tennessee taxpayers in the most efficient and effective way.”
Adams, 58, previously worked as a member of IBM’s senior leadership team, most recently as a managing director in the financial services sector.
Claude Ramsey, who has been the top deputy to Haslam, has announced he will be retiring. Ramsey is a former Hamilton County mayor.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...