Mitchell Moore, Athens city manager and chairman of the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service’s advisory board, recently was named as the Tennessee City Manager’s Association (TCMA) City Manager of the Year.
Moore received the honor at the Tennessee Municipal League conference held in June in Nashville.
“Mitchell has been a strong supporter of MTAS, applauding our successes and reminding us how we can do better,” said MTAS Executive Director Jim Thomas. “Personally speaking, I can tell you that as a fellow city manager, Mitchell has always been one of my ‘go to’ folks when an issue I was dealing with needed an extra set of ears to help mark the path forward.”
Moore is a native of Sweetwater. He became the Athens city manager in September 1999. Prior to his return to Tennessee, he was city manager for Belmont, N.C. from 1991 to 1999. He also served as city manager in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. and Melbourne Beach, Fla. He began his career in city management with Athens as assistant to the city manager from 1980 to 1984. He is a 1975 graduate of Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s in business administration. He completed his master’s in city management at East Tennessee State University in 1980.
The city manager of the year award presented by TCMA to acknowledge Tennessee city managers, administrators, or assistants who have made exceptional contributions to their profession. Moore has been praised for helping to approve the quality of life for Athens’ residents through the creation of the Market Park Pavilion downtown, which now hosts a farmer’s market, car shows, a summer concert series and a variety of festivals. He has also received credit for helping develop trails in the area including a soon-to-be open Rails to Trail six-mile byway that incorporates local railroad history.