Knoxville deputy to the mayor to step down

Knoxville deputy to the mayor to step down; Branscom to take over duties

Eddie Mannis (Source: Prestige's "Pressing" Matters blog) Eddie Mannis (Source: Prestige's "Pressing" Matters blog)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville Deputy to the Mayor and Chief Operating Officer Eddie Mannis announced Tuesday he was stepping down from the role to focus on his business.

Mannis said he was leaving his role with the city on June 1 to focus on his business, Prestige Cleaners, and his work with the nonprofit HonorAir Knoxville.

"My business is currently at an exciting crossroads, with a recent regional acquisition, and I need to devote my time to work full time with the management team at Prestige," he said in a news release. "Also, HonorAir Knoxville is a very important part of my life and work.  This will allow me the opportunity to focus more on this program and continue to grow it, allowing us to serve a greater number of veterans for years to come."

Senior Director of Public Works Christi Branscom has been selected to replace Mannis.

Branscom is also an attorney with extensive real estate and construction development experience.

Chief Policy Officer Bill Lyons will also stay on in his role as the other deputy to the mayor.

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