After receiving an avalanche of requests from local city council and mayoral candidates on how city government works, Chattanooga city officials decided to host a daylong presentation from each of the 11 departments to outline its responsibilities.
The event is in response to questions from a number of the 27 candidates seeking a seat on the City Council or vying for the mayor office in the March city election, according to Richard J. Beeland, city director of public relations.
Three people are seeking the office being vacated by Mayor Ron Littlefield who is finishing the second term of a two-term limit as mayor. The remainding candidates are qualified for a chance at one of the nine city council seats, two of which will be open as Councilwomen Sally Robinson, district 2, and Deborah Scott, district 1, are not seeking re-election.
For more information on the candidates seeking re-election and those running for the elected positions visit the Hamilton County Election Commission website at http://elect.hamiltontn.gov/default.aspx.
For more information on the council members seeking re-election, including email addresses, phone numbers and description of each district, visit the city website at www.chattanooga.gov/city-council/council-members. Voters can also identify their districts at the election website.
The public information session is scheduled for Feb. 8, Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. Administrators from each of the 11 departments will provide a 30-minute presentation on the duties and operations of their departments. Beeland said questions are not allowed because of time constraints and in an effort to be fair to all candidates, including sitting council members.
Candidates will not be formally notified of Friday’s event, Beeland said. The release of the prepared statement will be considered public notification, he said.
Presentations are scheduled as follows
9 a.m.- Personnel
9:30 a.m. - Neighborhood Services & Community Development
10 a.m. - Finance
10:30 a.m.- Parks and Recreation
11 a.m. - Public Works
11:30 - Education, Arts & Culture
BREAK 12 p.m.
1 p.m. - Information Services
1:30 pm. - Fire Department
2 p.m. - Police Department
2:30 pm. - Human Services
3 p.m. - Public Library