Public Works


John Chlarson, Public Works Consultant, MTAS
605 Airways Blvd., Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 425-4785 |

Jackson IPS Office ManagerSecretary, Tennessee Stormwater AssociationFormer Education Co-Chair,Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationFormer Branch President, West Tennessee Branch, Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works AssociationB.S., Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1983John 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.

Walter Idol, Health & Safety Team Leader, CIS
1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-2009 |

Walter serves as Health & Safety Team Leader for the CIS Knoxville office.

  Kim Raia, Environmental GIS Consultant, CTAS
1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-6434 |

Kim serves as Environmental GIS Consultant for the CTAS Knoxville office.

Sharon Rollins, Program Manager III, MTAS
1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 974-0416 |

Sharon holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee, North Carolina and VirginiaMember American Public Works Association (APWA)Secretary of TN Chapter APWA since 2003 EMPLOYMENTThe University of Tennessee, Municipal Technical Advisory Service 1984 – presentTechnical 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.