ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Public Works Consultant, MTAS731.425-4785 | 605 Airways Blvd. Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
Jackson IPS Office Manager
Secretary, Tennessee Stormwater 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, 1983
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.
Safety Consultant, CIS865.974.6621 | 105 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996
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.
Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS615.253-4814 | 226 Capitol Blvd Suite 606, Nashville, TN 37219
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.
Program Manager, DRIVE, CIS615.532.4926 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
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.
Fire Management Consultant, CTAS865.974.8181 | 226 Capitol Blvd Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37219
Environmental GIS Consultant, CTAS865.974.6434 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
Solutions Consultant, CIS| 605 Airways Boulevard, Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS901.412.2121 | 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Suite A-1, Box 14, Memphis, TN 38120-2130
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.
Municipal Management Consultant, MTAS865.974.9839 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
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.
Program Manager III, MTAS865.974.0416 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
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 and Virginia
Member American Public Works Association (APWA)
Secretary of TN Chapter APWA since 2003
The University of Tennessee, Municipal Technical Advisory Service 1984 - present
Technical Consulting Program Manager: Manage MTAS’ eight technical consultants responsible for delivering fire, police, information technology, 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.
Assistant Vice President, IPS865.974.9609 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921-6741
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 is enrolled in the doctoral program 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.
Fire Management Consultant, MTAS901.579.9247 | 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Box 14, Memphis, TN 38120-2130
Dennis Wolf is the fire management consultant for MTAS. He joined MTAS on August 1, 2011. Dennis joined the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in 1974. Before coming to MTAS, he served for over 34 years with the Germantown Fire Department, the last 15 years as Germantown’s fire chief and emergency management director.
Master of Science in Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Fire Administration from the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Executive Fire Officer Program, National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO), Commission on Fire Accreditation International
Chief EMS Officer (CEMSO) designation, Commission on Fire Accreditation International
Member (MIFireE), Institution of Fire Engineers
International Association of Fire Chiefs – Member
Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association – Member and past president
Mid-South Fire Chiefs Association - Member and past president