District 1 Commissioner: Gene-o Shipley


Contact Me

County Commission (Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Except for these holidays)

Address: 401 Courthouse, 625 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402.
Phone Number: 423-209-7200 and FAX Number: 423-209-7201

Committees the Commissioner serves on:

Finance and Budget Committee


Responsible for reviewing and evaluating county spending, discretionary funds, purchasing procedures, and all insurance matters. Coordinates budget preparation with County Mayor, the Finance Department and all Commissioners. Works with the Finance Department and County Auditor throughout the year in all matters concerning county finances. Purchasing procedures are also subject to review by this committee. To quarterly review and evaluate the County Finance Department’s projections of income and expenditures.

Building and Economic Development Committee

Oversees all existing County and/or proposed County buildings and grounds, and the recruitment of new businesses. Works with economic development, the Regional Planning Agency, the Chamber of Commerce, the County Mayor and other organizations to promote recruitment of new business and industry. To be the liaison between the County Commission and existing and prospective businesses to assist them with any concerns.

Public Health and Public Relations Committee

Addresses all health services. Works with all health related activities, including the County Health Department, the Regional Health Council, highway and other safety programs, and any other health related agencies, to assist in the development, promoting and maintaining of good health, and the providing of public information. Works with the Human Services Department, especially in the area of community social services programs. Works with other county governmental agencies in public relations.

Security, Corrections, Emergency Operations and Responders Committee


Responsible for security as it relates to all County buildings and property, Emergency Operations of the County to include the Emergency Operations Center, First Responders and the various Volunteer Fire Departments. Coordinates with the Corrections Advisory Board to assist in areas concerning prison population and the development of a vocational educational program for inmates. Serves as the liaison between the Sheriff’s Office and the Commissioners. Also provides general oversight of the Judicial Commissioner’s Program, and works closely with the courts system on the work release program. To also assist with technology improvements.

Delinquent Tax Property Special Committee

Recommends the approval of the sale of delinquent tax property as presented by the County Trustee and Real Property Division. Works with County Attorney and other appropriate persons or agencies.

Legislative Staff

Patricia Mitchell, Legislative Administrator

Responsible for County Commissioners' scheduling appointments, conference calls, and meetings. Follows up on complaints and concerns from constituents for Commissioners and manages the Commission Office (which includes staff, budget, payroll, and purchasing)

Melinda Volker, Legislative Assistant

Responsible for correspondence, creative writing, and agenda items for Commissioners. The legislative assistant also provides support to the administrator.

Bridget Chatman, Administrative Assistant

Responsible for front desk incoming calls, schedules meeting, maintain database and online calendar, provides project support, handles mailings, files as needed and makes appointments. Assists Legislative Administrator and Legislative Assistant as requested and performs other duties as assigned.

Districts' Information

District Area Geographically

The following is meant to give a general sense of district boundaries. For exact districts browse the GIS map system.

District 1 contains the Soddy-Daisy area.
District 2 contains the Signal Mountain area.
District 3 contains the Hixson and Lakesite areas.
District 4 contains the downtown area.
District 5 contains the Brainerd and Tyner areas.
District 6 contains Lookout Red Bank and North Chattanooga areas.
District 7 contains the East Brainerd and Apison areas.
District 8 contains the East Ridge area.
District 9 contains the Harrison and Birchwood areas.
District 10 contains the Collegedale area.
District 11 contains the Tiftonia, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge areas.

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District Map

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