published Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Top official in Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's administration leaving after six months

Andrew Kean Resignation
Andrew Kean Resignation

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's head of day-to-day operations is leaving after six months on the job, the Times Free Press has learned.

News of Andrew Kean's departure from City Hall comes days before the City Council is expected to consider spending $100,000 on a consulting firm to implement the city's budget, which formerly was Kean's job.

Kean, Berke's chief operating officer, will return to the private sector.

Councilman Larry Grohn questioned the move, which he says reflects poorly on the performance of the Berke administration.

“We still don't have [the budget] right and now we're going to have to spend 100,000 to get it right?” Grohn asked. “Are we having to spend this money because Mr. Kean couldn't handle it?”

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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