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City of Clarksville
Clarksville, TN – Early work improves intergovernmental relationships Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts’ first 100 days in office have produced dramatic improvements in local intergovernmental cooperation, extensive administrative and budget-planning initiatives, and a strong focus on communicating with citizens.
Mayor Pitts, elected in November 2018 and sworn in on January 2nd, 2019 has pursued an aggressive early schedule. He and First Lady Cynthia Pitts have conducted “Meet and Greet” breakfast sessions with each City department, where he has shared his early priorities.
These Priorities which are to ensure the City is:
Local Government Collaboration
Keeping faith with a key campaign promise, Mayor Pitts has dramatically changed the tone of intergovernmental communication and coordination, especially with Montgomery County Government. Mayor Pitts has established regularly scheduled meetings with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, APSU President Alisa White and CMCSS Schools Director Millard House.
City Department Heads have met with Fort Campbell officials to discuss ways the post and city can collaborate and coordinate service delivery and facilities.
Mayor Pitts also is building strong collaborative relationships with City Council members, with thoughtful committee assignments, and more attention to the City’s departmental committee process.
Mayor Pitts’ leadership choices will be clearly defined and made public during the annual budgeting process, which begins in earnest this month. The Mayor has begun laying the foundation for the budget he will present for FY 2020. He is meeting regularly with Laurie Matta, Chief Financial Officer, and department leadership teams. Budget deliberations will be conducted in April and May, and budget votes are scheduled in June, ahead of the July 1st start of FY 2020.
These budget priorities are taking shape.
The City’s crowded thoroughfares are one of Clarksville’s pressing issues. Mayor Pitts has quickly gone to work with the City Street Department to begin working on a 2020 Traffic Study. He also is moving forward with these key road projects:
Clarksville Parks and Recreation
Mayor Pitts has met with representatives of all the major sports organizations in Clarksville to hear directly about the need for more facilities and opportunities. He is reviewing a new Parks & Recreation Facilities Master Plan and discussing how best to use some 300 acres acquired last year at Exit 8 for a new Clarksville Family Athletic Complex. He’s announced he wants to bring recreation facilities to more parts of the city.
Mayor Pitts actively supports building a new Police District 3 Precinct Headquarters near Exit 8. He is also helping the Clarksville Police Department introduce Officer Body-Worn Camera technology across the City. His 2020 budget will include resources to strengthen the Clarksville Police Department and Clarksville Fire Rescue in terms of manpower and equipment.
The Mayor also has focused on these topics during his First 100 Days.
Mayor Pitts has expanded the City’s use of Social Media to inform and engage the community. He held City Government’s first in a planned series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings to directly answer questions from residents. A new City website was introduced April 8th. He also has commissioned a Strategic Communications Plan to focus on informing and engaging the citizens.
After the announced retirements of Fire Chief Mike Roberts and Clarksville Transit System Director Arthur Bing, both effective at the end of June, the Mayor has outlined a process to begin the search for a new chief and a new transportation director using committees of citizens and experts to help evaluate candidates.
Mark Riggins has been named acting General Manager of Clarksville Gas & Water, after former GM Pat Hickey resigned April 4th. Riggins will lead the department for at least a few months, giving the Mayor time to analyze the organization and chart a long-term course for the department.
The Mayor and department leaders are evaluating ways to bring more parking facilities downtown, and another evaluation of a new location for the CTS Transit Center downtown is under way.
Your Mayor In Motion
Here’s a list of actions taken or initiatives started by Mayor Joe Pitts.
Internal Administration Initiatives
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