Mayor Kincannon Secures Second Term, Announces Staff Changes

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Mayor Kincannon Secures Second Term, Announces Staff Changes

Posted: 08/30/2023
With nearly 60 percent of the vote in last night’s primary election, Mayor Indya Kincannon has secured a second term. 

“I am excited to continue the great work we have started here in Knoxville,” said Mayor Kincannon. “In the last 4 years we have made so much progress in rethinking public safety, investing in affordable housing, providing great services and grow

ing new jobs.  But we all know more needs to be done. I am grateful the people of Knoxville have spoken and said loud and clear that I am the best person to continue this momentum."

Chief Policy Officer and Deputy to the Mayor Erin Gill As Mayor Kincannon moves into the next 4 years, she is saying goodbye to one of her most trusted advisors, Chief Policy Officer and Deputy to the Mayor Erin Gill. Gill has been appointed to serve as KUB’s Vice President of Sustainability and Government Relations. In this new role, she will be responsible for the utility’s sustainability and environmental initiatives, as well as relationships with governmental and other regional partners, including TVA. 

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Erin, and I could not be happier for her,'' said Mayor Kincannon. “At the same time, she will be sorely missed as a leader in my administration and as a friend. Erin helped guide the City through some of our most challenging years. Her attention to detail and passion to serve the people of Knoxville is unwavering.”

Gill has worked at the City for more than a decade, serving as director of the Office of Sustainability under Mayor Madeline Rogero until 2019, when Mayor Kincannon appointed her as Deputy to the Mayor and her Chief Policy Officer.  

“It has been a true privilege to work alongside Mayor Kincannon, Mayor Rogero, and the entire City team for the past 10 years,” said Gill. “Even as I move on to this next opportunity, I am inspired by the work of Mayor Kincannon and City staff to make Knoxville the best community we can be.” 

During her time at the City, Gill has played a critical role in the formation of the Affordable Housing Fund, new community safety programs, and nationally recognized sustainability initiatives.  Her final day will be Sept. 1, 2023.

Chief Operations Officer David Brace transitions to Mayor Kincannon’s Chief of Staff Later in September, more staff changes will roll out as Chief Operations Officer David Brace transitions to Mayor Kincannon’s Chief of Staff, and local construction executive Grant Rosenberg joins the team as COO. 

“David has invaluable experience and knowledge of the City having worked here for more than 20 years in a variety of roles,” said Mayor Kincannon. “His relationship-building and focus on long-term goals will be instrumental over the next 4 years as we continue to make strides on the City’s top priorities:  Public safety and services, housing, creating great public spaces and jobs.

“As David transitions into this new role, it was equally important to me to appoint someone who has extensive private sector experience and who can really help streamline the development process in Knoxville. Grant is the perfect fit as someone who has a heart for public service and a deep understanding of the needs of Knoxville businesses.”

Grant Rosenberg joins the team as COO Grant Rosenberg, who has almost 10 years as Vice President with Denark Construction, will begin with the City in September.  The former “40 Under 40” honoree and 2016 Leadership Knoxville graduate also worked with the Knoxville Leadership Foundation and Knox County Government.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to working with a great team at the City of Knoxville, as well as other stakeholders across our community,” said Rosenberg. “I’m excited to use my senior management experience in both the public and private sector to help Mayor Kincannon and her team carry out her second term priorities.”

Mayor Kincannon will officially be sworn in for her second term in December. Details of that ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Additional staffing changes are expected to be announced later this week.