Views of Hamilton County
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Education:
  • Graduated Hixson High School
  • Attended Chattanooga State Community College
  • Attended University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Professional Experience:
  • Hamilton County Mayor, Elected August 2, 2012
  • Hamilton County Mayor, appointed January 11, 2011
  • Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, September 2006-January 2011
  • Served as Chairman Pro Tempore 2007-2008
  • Served as Chairman 2008-2009
  • Served as Chairman Pro Tempore 2010-2011
  • Reviewed, deliberated and voted to approve four county budgets
  • Consistently voted for resolutions that promote economic development, job growth and education
  • Staunch supporter of our public schools receiving the school tax portion in our PILOT agreements
  • City of Chattanooga Fire Department, October 1977 to October 2005
  • Appointed Fire Chief in 1997
  • Managed annual budgets ranging up to $26 million
  • Operating under budget every year
  • Managed workforce of more than 400 employees
  • Closed old fire stations to consolidate services into one energy-efficient fire station
  • Upgraded Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating to a Class 2
  • Sought and received millions of dollars in federal grants for equipment and training
  • Eliminated hydrant tariffs with Tennessee American Water Company, saving more than a million dollars a year for taxpayers
  • Successfully negotiated with employee representative groups

Community Service/Civic Organizations:

  • Serves on Joint Economic and Community Development Board
  • Serves on Workforce Investment Board
  • Serves on Tri-State Regional Workforce Board
  • Serves on Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission
  • Serves on River City Company Board of Directors
  • Serves on Transportation Planning Organization
  • Serves on Board of the Hixson Civic Center
  • Serves as Vice President of the Hixson Kiwanis
  • Served on Tennessee Homeland Security Council
  • Served on Hamilton County 911 Board
  • Served on Hamilton County Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Served on Hamilton County Bio-Terrorism Task Force
Honors:
  • Selected to the Hixson High School Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Dallas Bay Fire Department Civic Leader of the Year 2009
Personal:
  • Married to Nina Halmontaller Coppinger
  • Lifelong resident of Hamilton County
  • Member of Burks United Methodist Church
  • Children: Lauren, Blake
  • One granddaughter: Avery
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