Chattanooga City Council Confirms Mayor’s Appointments For City Administrators

Photo: Scott Martin (left); Dan Reuter (right)

By Mary Beth Ikard and The Tennessee Conservative staff –

Last night, January 11th, the Chattanooga City Council confirmed Mayor Tim Kelly’s appointment of Dan Reuter as incoming Administrator for the Department of City Planning, as well as Scott Martin as incoming Administrator for the Department of Parks and Outdoors. Reuter will join City Planning on January 18, while Martin will start February 1st.

“As the greater-Chattanooga economy continues to grow, the City is incredibly fortunate to have candidates with national reputations and extensive experience to lead both our parks and planning functions,” said Mayor Tim Kelly.

For three decades Dan Reuter has worked in planning, transportation, and development in the state of Georgia, where he’s managed projects supporting redevelopment, Community Improvement Districts, and planning for local and regional governments. Dan comes to the City of Chattanooga from RSI, a planning and economic-development firm based in Decatur, Ga. From 1999-2016, he managed Land Use and Community Development at the Atlanta Regional Commission, and from 2004-2008 he was an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech’s City and Regional Planning program.

Reuter is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and since 2005 he’s served on the American Planning Association’s Legislative and Policy Committee. He is past Chair of the APA Regional Planning Division, where he launched the Livable Communities Forum and served as President of the Georgia Planning Association.

Prior to ARC, he directed the Douglas and Glynn County Planning and Zoning Departments, and he was also a Transportation Planner for the Savannah-Chatham and Athens-Clarke County MPOs. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science degree from Georgia State University. Reuter has launched several nonprofit organizations including the Chamblee Doraville CID, Peachtree Gateway Partnership, Aerotropolis Atlanta, and the 75 Central Corridor Coalition.

“Mayor Kelly and I share the view that residents and neighborhoods must consistently be engaged in planning decisions, so we’re building great places that are affordable, sustainable, healthy and resilient,” said Dan Reuter.

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Scott Martin comes to Chattanooga from the River Heritage Conservancy, a nonprofit that created the 600-acre Origin Park on the Ohio River, where he served as Executive Director.

Other previous, park-leadership roles Martin has held include: Partnership Coordinator for the park system in Boise, Id. where he helped to pass a ballot measure resulting in $10 million in new revenues for open-space preservation; Director of Parks and Recreation as well as Director of Commerce and Leisure Services for Franklin County, Va.; and Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a 4000-acre public park system in Louisville, Ky.

Martin is North American Co-Chair and Executive Board member for World Urban Parks; in 2021 he became a Fellow in the American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration. His expertise on stewardship and design of urban public land has been shared with audiences in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. He curated World Urban Parks’ 2020 “Park Leadership” series, which highlighted global innovation in park-service equity, climate change, economic impact, homelessness in parks, and healing for underserved communities. In 2009 Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed him to the Virginia Recreational Facilities Commission. Martin holds a BA and an MPA from Boise State University.

“Chattanooga is the ‘Scenic City’ because of its longstanding embrace of exceptional public green spaces,” said incoming Parks and Outdoors Administrator Scott Martin. “Cities with robust park systems have healthier, happier people. I’m excited to help the new Department of Parks and Outdoors to build and maintain a connected network of beautiful, fun parks – civic amenities for neighbors to enjoy together and take pride in.”


Additional background: In June 2021, Mayor Kelly unveiled a reorganization plan to align City government with priority policy areas in his administration’s One Chattanooga strategic plan. Several functions spread across multiple City departments were consolidated under a new Department of Parks and Outdoors, soon to be led by Scott Martin, including:

• Parks Planning transferred from Open Spaces;

• Parks Programming was consolidated, from both Youth and Family Development and Open Spaces;

• Parks Maintenance was transferred from Public Works;

• Greenways and Neighborhood Connectivity was transferred from CDOT;

• Outdoor Chattanooga was transferred from Economic & Community Development;

• Special Events was transferred from Open Spaces;

• Outdoor recreation was transferred from Youth and Family Development;·        

• and Golf Courses was transferred from Public Works.

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