Municipal Government Consulting

Abner Oglesby, Consultant

Lisa Shipley, Consultant III

BIOLisa Shipley has been with MTAS for 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has worked in the information technology profession for more than 30 years and has implemented many changes in applied technology.  She has worked in the fields of higher education, publishing, marketing, and legal.  She specializes in cyber security, database & systems development, project management, and IT training. 

Jim Thomas, Executive Director

Vita ofJim ThomasPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEThe University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)            Knoxville, Tennessee                                                                                                                                          2011 to present  Serve as executive director of an agency of the UT Institute of Public Service, which, through a statewide staff of management and technical consultants and administrative support personnel, provides technical consulting, research and training to municipal governments in Tennessee.City of Goodlett

Steve Thompson, Assistant Vice President

STEVE THOMPSON is Assistant Vice President with the Institute for Public Service with the University of Tennessee. Steve joined the University as Executive Director of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service in July of 2010.  A former city manager in cities in South Carolina, Virginia and Florida, Steve has extensive experience in a wide range of services and projects impacting small to large local governments, and has emphasized success with development, financial management and community partnerships.  Steve is also a former member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Counc

Rick Whitehead, Assistant Director

Rick Whitehead is the assistant director for MTAS and works in the Knoxville office.  Before being appointed to the assistant director position in November 2012, Rick served as a municipal management consultant for MTAS.  As a field consultant, he worked an assigned territory in southwest Tennessee that included all of the cities located in Chester, Hardeman, Haywood, Fayette, Humphreys, Perry, Shelby, and Wayne Counties.   Rick has been with MTAS since February of 2004.Prior to joining MTAS, Rick served as a city manager in Tennessee and as a city attorney and city manager in Alabama.

Brad Harris, Finance and Accounting Consultant

Brad came to MTAS in 2012 after 5 years as the Finance Director for the City of Athens, TN. Before that he served as the Finance Director for Rhea County, TN.  Previously he worked for CPA firms in the Chattanooga and Tullahoma areas.  He has been a CPA since 2000.  He is married to the stunningly gorgeous Beth Harris and has two incredible daughters. Hannah is 24 and lives in Pulaski, TN where she operates a video and photography business (yes, she would be happy to do your work).

Gary Jaeckel, Municipal Management Consultant

Gary is a Management Consultant based out of the Nashville office.  He works with 44 cities, mostly in upper Middle Tennessee including cities in Stewart, Houston, Montgomery, Dickson, Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale, Macon and Smith Counties, along with the City of Columbia.  Gary came to work for MTAS in September, 1999 and has lived in Hendersonville more than 14 years.  Prior to coming to MTAS Gary worked in Illinois cities for nearly 14 years, moving from the Chicago suburbs of Elmhurst to Streamwood as an Assistant to City Managers; to Forsyth and Dwight where he was t

Ronnie Neill, Municipal Management Consultant

Ronnie Neill has been a Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) in West Tennessee since 1993. The cities that he serves in West Tennessee are in Tipton, Shelby, Hardeman, McNairy, and Hardin counties. In addition to his role as a management consultant, he also serves as the Secretary of the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association, a statewide association of city and county public risk managers.Ronnie's career began in Fayette County as a Youth Services officer for the Fayette County Juvenile Court.

Margaret Norris, Municipal Management Consultant

Margaret Norris is a Municipal Management Consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, housed in the Institute for Public Service at the University of Tennessee.  She has been with MTAS for fourteen years, having spent the first five at the Nashville office before transferring to the Knoxville office.  Prior to joining MTAS in 2001, Margaret once worked for the agency as a graduate intern.  Her other experience includes work in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; South Pittsburg Tennessee; and Lumberton, North Carolina.  Titles she has held include records manager, p

Honna Rogers, Municipal Management Consultant

Honna Rogers grew up in Northeast Georgia.  She graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA with a Bachelors of History degree and from the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Public Administration.  She previously worked for the City of Sevierville and as a Post Graduate Management Fellow with UT-MTAS.  While at MTAS she worked with the cities of Cleveland, Athens, East Ridge, and Signal Mountain and the SE TN Development District and the Athens Utility Board.  Honna spent five years as the Town Manager of Signal Mountain, TN before returning to UT-MTAS.

Stephanie Allen OHara, Legal Program Manager

Stephanie Allen OHara joined MTAS staff in the Knoxville office as a legal consultant on January 1, 2010. Effective November 1, 2013, Stephanie became the Legal Program Manager at MTAS.  Stephanie graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a bachelor’s in business administration. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she interned with the U.S. Congress and Philip Morris USA. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

David Angerer, Municipal Management Consultant

EDUCATIONA.A., Belleville (Illinois) Area College, 1972 (General Studies)B.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1974 (American History/Government)M.P.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1983  (Public Administration)WORK HISTORY1975-1976   Illinois Department of Conservation1976-1985   Nebraska Department of Roads1985-1988   City of West Bend, Iowa1988-1994   City of Ste.

Sharee Brewer, Finance and Accounting Consultant

Sharee began working with MTAS in July, 2012 serving as a Finance & Accounting Consultant in the west Tennessee grand division. She is stationed on the campus of UT-Martin. In addition to providing consulting services for municipalities, she is one of the trainers with the Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) Program. Prior to coming to work with MTAS, Sharee worked for 22 years as a financial & compliance auditor with the State Comptroller's Office, Division of Local Government Audit.

Jeff Broughton, Municipal Management Consultant

Jeff was hired as a municipal management consultant working out of the Nashville office in June 2013.  He covers Middle Tennessee from Nashville south to the Alabama state line.Prior to that, Jeff served as a city manager for 25 years and has over 35 years of combined municipal management experience in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.  Service as city manager include the Tennessee cities of Bristol (2004-2013) and Oak Ridge (1986-1995), as well as Henderson Kentucky (1995-2004).Jeff has a Master's Degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois; as

Ralph Cross, Finance and Accounting Consultant

Ralph CrossFinance and Accounting Consultant  Ralph Cross is currently employed with The University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) as Finance and Accounting Consultant.

Dana Deem, Municipal Management Consultant

I grew up in the Washington DC. area.  After high school I enlisted in the Air Force and served 21 years, living overseas in the Philippines and Germany.  After the Air Force I went to work for the City of McKenzie, Tennessee as their City recorder and Finance Director.  Before joining the IPS staff in 2010, I served the City of Clifton, Tennessee as their City Manager.

Pat Hardy, Municipal Program Manager III

Pat grew up in New Jersey and attended East Tennessee State University earning undergraduate and graduate degrees (in City Management). He worked in the city management profession in Big Spring, Texas and in Blue Earth, Minnesota.

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