published Saturday, January 4th, 2014

County finance chief to retire after 38 years

Hamilton County Finance Administrator Louis Wright is bowing out after a 38-year career.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Friday that Wright, 63, informed his staff that he would be leaving the county in the coming weeks.

Coppinger said Wright would be sorely missed, but he more than deserves a good retirement.

"He served 38 years here, and he's been instrumental in securing the finances in Hamilton County for a number of decades," Coppinger said.

Coppinger credited Wright with helping the county attain and keep a AAA bond rating from all three major rating agencies.

"I think myself along with all of the citizens of Hamilton County should be proud of his accomplishments over the last few decades," Coppinger said.

A definite retirement date has not yet been set, but Coppinger said Assistant Finance Administrator Albert Kiser would fill Wright's position when he left.

Kiser served as the lead finance man for the county after Wright was hospitalized in February and out of work for months.

"Al is more than capable of stepping up in that position and we are glad to have him," he said.

Wright also will continue to serve on the Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority board as the mayor's appointment, Coppinger said.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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