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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

Judie Martin, HR/Operations Manager

AS degree in Criminal JusticeBS degree in EducationMS degree in Criminal Justice/Planning 1977-2005   Knoxville Police Department, serving as a police officer for three years before transferring to a civilian position where I was responsible for grantwriting, personnel, budget, facilities, planning and retired as a Division Commander. 2005-present - Institute for Public Service, began as a Training Specialist at LEIC for Homeland Security and moved to the Central Office in 2007, assuming the duties of HR/Safety/Training for IPS employees.   

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.

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.

John Chlarson, Public Works Consultant

Jackson IPS Office ManagerSecretary, Tennessee Stormwater AssociationFormer Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationFormer Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationB.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1983John Chlarson has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of engineering applications, having worked for government, industry, and private consulting.

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.

Keith Groves, Solutions Consultant

            Keith Groves, Resource Program Manager, joined The University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service – Center for Industrial Services in March of 2005.  The Center focuses on strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee to secure jobs for the citizens of our state.             Prior to joining the Center for Industrial Services, Keith worked in retail sales for 11 years and in manufacturing for 16 years.  During the 16 years in manufacturing, he became involved in Lean Manufacturing and has worked extensively in Lean Manufacturing since 1995.  In 2006, Keith worked in the devel

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