Environment and Energy

ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

John Chlarson : Public Works Consultant, MTAS

John Chlarson

Public Works Consultant, MTAS

731.425.4785 | 605 Airways Blvd. Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
john.chlarson@tennessee.edu

Jackson IPS Office Manager (former)

Secretary, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Secretary (ad-hoc), Tennessee Stormwater Association

Former Fleet Chair, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Former Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

Former Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association

B.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

John Chlarson has over 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of engineering applications, having worked for government, industry, and private consulting. He established and ran a materials testing laboratory approved by the Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy.  He has also been the engineer in responsible charge for engineering offices for firms in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Mr. Chlarson was also a City Engineer, responsible, among other things, for a comprehensive Storm Water Management Program.  He has had extensive experience in the design, review, and implementation of storm water control structures and measures.

John Chlarson was the lead in MTAS’s role as the prime contractor for the Tennessee Department of Environments and Conservation’s  EPA Construction Stormwater Initiative Grant to develop selection criteria and training programs for stormwater Qualified Local Programs. John assisted Robert Haley, (former) Assistant Manager of the Permit Section of the Division of Water Pollution Control, in developing Tennessee’s first Phase II Permit and NOI, and the Annual Report.  John also worked with Sidney J. Hemsley, J.D., in co-authoring a statewide Model Stormwater Ordinance and a statewide Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance for municipalities in the State of Tennessee.  John has also assisted in the presentation of several previous Phase II classes across the State of Tennessee.  He is actively involved in monitoring developments in the NPDES Phase II permit regulations, and is the lead contact on Phase II for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service.

Steven Cross : Fire Management Consultant, MTAS

Steven Cross

Fire Management Consultant, MTAS

615.532.7108 | 226 Anne Dallas Dudley Blvd., Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
steven.cross@tennessee.edu

Steven Cross is a Fire Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS).  After serving more than 30-years in local and state government, he joined MTAS on July 9, 2017.  His duties include providing technical assistance and consulting services for municipal, county, and state governemnt leaders in areas of leadership and fire rescue department and emergency services management as well as serving as a resource for state-wide professional associations.

Steven joined the fire service as a municipal firefighter in 1986.  He served for over 27 years with the Columbia Fire Department, the last 17 years as Columbia’s Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Steven served in the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office's Fire Fighting Personnel Standards and Education Commission. 

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University in Forrest City, Iowa
  • Associate of Science in Fire Science Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama
  • Technical Certificate in Fire Science from Volunteer State Community College in Gallating, Tennessee
  • Emergency Medical Responder from the State of Tennessee
  • Fire Officer Level IV IFSAC / ProBoard from Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO), Commission on Fire Accreditation International
  • Internationsl Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
  • Tennessee All Hazards Incident Management Team
  • Public Entity Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America
 

 

Chuck Gluck : Safety Consultant, CIS

Chuck Gluck

Safety Consultant, CIS

865.974.6621 | 105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996
chuck.gluck@tennessee.edu

I have been in the Fire service for 37 years. I became the first Haz Mat Inspector in the City of San Jose, Califonia. I am an OSHA outreach instructor and a Past International Association of Firefighters outreach instructor. I had a Occupational Safety Company in California, from 1990 to 2008. Relocated to east Tennessee, to be close to grandkids. 

Gary Jaeckel : Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

Gary Jaeckel

Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

615.253.4814 | 226 Capitol Blvd Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
gary.jaeckel@tennessee.edu

Gary is a Management Consultant based out of the Nashville office.  He works with 44 cities, mostly in upper Middle Tennessee including cities in Stewart, Houston, Montgomery, Dickson, Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale, Macon and Smith Counties, along with the City of Columbia.  Gary came to work for MTAS in September, 1999 and has lived in Hendersonville more than 14 years.  Prior to coming to MTAS Gary worked in Illinois cities for nearly 14 years, moving from the Chicago suburbs of Elmhurst to Streamwood as an Assistant to City Managers; to Forsyth and Dwight where he was the Village Administrator.  Prior to entering the City Management profession Gary spent four years in the private sector.

Gary has both his Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.  Until retiring recently Gary spent many hours and years as a youth and High School Wrestling coach.  Being a youth coach allowed Gary to develop a skill set for coaching and facilitating meetings with elected officials.      

Erin Ketelle : Program Manager, CIS

Erin Ketelle

Program Manager, CIS

615.532.4926 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
erin.ketelle@tennessee.edu

Erin Ketelle is the Program Manager for the DRIVE Initiative.

Erin has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee.

Erin began her career with IPS during graduate school while working an internship at the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). Immediately following graduation, she accepted a job in Nashville as the Legislative Assistant with the County Officials Association of Tennessee and soon thereafter became the Research Coordinator for the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS). After several years of conducting research projects for county governments, she was promoted to Assistant to the Executive Director of the Center for Industrial Services. Before joining IPS, she worked as a legal clerk at Sheppeard, Swanson, & Mynatt, PLC.

Erin is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, but she now proudly calls Nashville home. 

Ronnie Neill : Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

Ronnie Neill

Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

901.412.2121 | 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Suite A-1, Box 14, Memphis, TN 38120-2130
ronnie.neill@tennessee.edu

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. In1978 he was elected City Recorder for the City of Somerville where he served as full-time administrative officer, Treasurer, and City Judge. He later served as County Manager/ Loan Officer for First Tennessee Production Credit Association where he managed the Fayette County Office with a volume of 14 million dollars in agricultural loans. He was owner and broker for West Tennessee Realty for 10 years prior to joining MTAS.

In 1984, he won election as an Alderman for the Town of Somerville, where he served on the Public Works Committee, the Budget/Finance Committee and the Public Safety Committee. Ronnie was elected Mayor of Somerville in 1986 and reelected in 1988. He currently serves on the Somerville Board of Mayor and Alderman as the Vice-mayor.

Ronnie has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee, Martin.

Warren Nevad : Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

Warren Nevad

Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS

865.974.9839 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
warren.nevad@tennessee.edu

Warren Nevad has over 25 years’ experience in municipal management in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Since 1999 he has served as a Municipal Management Consultant for the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). He provides technical assistance to 48 cities in Tennessee. Warren received his master’s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in 1992. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1987. Prior to coming to MTAS he served as City Manager in Sugar Hill (Gwinnett County) Georgia, Assistant Village Manager for Golf, Florida and Finance Director in Pahokee, Florida. In 2008, he cofounded the Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council (TREEDC) along with the University of Tennessee President Emeritus Dr. Joe Johnson and mayors from Ducktown, Crossville, Gainesboro, Graysville, Tennessee. He also is creating a similar renewable energy network in the Philippines.  He is  a frequent speaker and presenter at renewable energy conferences and workshops Warren Nevad has over 25 years’ experience in municipal management in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Since 1999 he has served as a Municipal Management Consultant for the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). He provides technical assistance to 45 cities in Tennessee. Warren received his master’s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in 1992. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1987. Prior to coming to MTAS he served as City Manager in Sugar Hill (Gwinnett County) Georgia, Assistant Village Manager for Golf, Florida and Finance Director in Pahokee, Florida. In 2008, he cofounded the Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council (TREEDC) along with the University of Tennessee President Emeritus Dr. Joe Johnson and mayors from Ducktown, Crossville, Gainesboro, Graysville, Tennessee. He also is creating a similar renewable energy network in the Philippines.  He is  a frequent speaker and presenter at renewable energy conferences and workshops.

Kim Raia : Environmental GIS Consultant, CTAS

Kim Raia

Environmental GIS Consultant, CTAS

865.974.6434 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
kim.raia@tennessee.edu
Dwaine Raper : Solutions Consultant Team Leader, CIS

Dwaine Raper

Solutions Consultant Team Leader, CIS

423.926.8282 | 2112 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601
dwaine.raper@tennessee.edu

Dwaine Raper leads the Solutions Consultant Team at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services(CIS).  CIS is an agency of the Institute for Public Service, and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner Center serving the state of TN.  The CIS Solutions Consultant Team provides industrial extension services throughout the state of TN, working with manufacturers and industry partners, helping them improve performance and profitability, and to grow.  Before joining CIS in 2007, Dwaine gained 15 years of manufacturing operations and supply chain management experience with manufacturing companies in the automotive and electronics industries.  Dwaine holds two business degrees from East Tennessee State University (MBA and BBA).  He also maintains supply chain management related professional certifications; Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), both from APICS – The Association for Operations Management.

Lynn Reed : Productivity Consultant, CIS

Lynn Reed

Productivity Consultant, CIS

615.532.8883 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
lynn.reed@tennessee.edu
Sharon Rollins : Program Manager III, MTAS

Sharon Rollins

Program Manager III, MTAS

865.974.0416 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
sharon.rollins@tennessee.edu

EDUCATION

  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee, North Carolina (inactive) and Virginia (inactive)
  • Member American Public Works Association (APWA)

MTAS EMPLOYMENT

Legal & Technical Consulting Program Manager: Manage MTAS’ three legal and ten technical consultants responsible for delivering legal, fire, police, human resources, public works and utility services throughout the state.

Consulting: Work with municipal officials, consulting engineers and state and federal agencies to solve public works, water and wastewater problems; prepare request for qualifications for engineering services; conduct management studies; advise on system operations, maintenance and compliance issues; evaluate financing options for infrastructure projects; and develop standard operating policies and procedures for municipal utility and public works operations.  Service area includes one-half of the cities in Tennessee.

Teaching:  Develop and teach courses on public works issues for municipal elected officials and staff. 

Publication Development:  Authored numerous publications for MTAS and EPA; author of articles for technical journals.  Five publications for EPA have been distributed nationally.   

Steve Thompson : Assistant Vice President, IPS

Steve Thompson

Assistant Vice President, IPS

865.974.9609 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921-6741
steve.thompson@tennessee.edu

Steve Thompson is Assistant Vice President with the Institute for Public Service with the University of Tennessee. 

Steve joined the University as Executive Director of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service in July of 2010.  A former city manager in cities in South Carolina, Virginia and Florida, Steve has extensive experience in a wide range of services and projects impacting small to large local governments, and has emphasized success with development, financial management and community partnerships.  Steve is also a former member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the national advisory board to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Steve is a Certified Local Government Manager of ICMA, a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute with the University of Virginia, and a graduate of the Menninger Institute for Local Government Managers in Topeka, Kansas.

Steve earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Tennessee, and holds a master's degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of South Carolina.  Steve also earned a bachelor's degree (BA) in political science from the College of Charleston, SC.

 

Steve Wyatt : Utility Operations Consultant, MTAS

Steve Wyatt

Utility Operations Consultant, MTAS

731.425.4776 | 605 Airways Blvd. Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
steve.wyatt@tennessee.edu

Steve has a Grade IV Water Treatment License, Grade IV Wastewater Treatment License and a Grade II Distribution License from the State of Tennessee.  Prior to being employed at MTAS, Steve worked 17+ years for the Jackson Energy Autority in Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment and Natural Gas Supply Acquistion and Managment. He started working for MTAS September 1, 1998 and is based in West Tennessee but serves the entire state.

His Bachelor of Science is from the University of Memphis with a dual major. ()Vertebrate Zoology and Chemistry)