Known for going above and beyond as a leader of the community, Goodlettsville City Manager Tim Ellis has been recognized as City Manager of the Year by the Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA).
Ellis was presented the award June 13 at the Tennessee Municipal League’s 78th Annual Conference held at the Murfreesboro Conference Center at the Embassy Suites.
The award is presented by TCMA each year to acknowledge Tennessee managers, administrators, or assistants who have made exceptional contributions to their community and profession.
Ellis has 31 years of experience in local government administration, beginning his public service career in the parks, recreation and tourism field. He was appointed Goodlettsville’s assistant city manager in 2007 and city manager in 2011.
Leading Goodlettsville through disaster
When a CSX train derailed in Goodlettsville, he was one of the first on the scene, working side by side with first responders and emergency personnel.
When an F-3 tornado tore through the city in April 2006 and again when a flood struck the area in 2010, he took on a significant role of coordinating the city’s recovery.
Overseeing a $16.4 million Fiscal Year 2017 General Fund and $29.3 million total budget, Ellis strives to promote technology initiatives, infrastructure, public safety and service programs, and economic growth while still maintaining a balanced budget.
Initiatives Ellis has spearheaded include:
Implementing Computer Comparison Statistics (CompStat) with the Goodlettsville Police Department in 2012, dropping major crime incidents by 42 percentImplementing electronic ticket writers that help police officers detect speed, write tickets, and process information on hand-held devicesTaking over the utility billing process for the city’s three water utility districtsOutsourcing residential sanitation services, reducing monthly fees while adding curbside recycling service and bulk item pickupIncreasing the number of firefighters on each shift and the amount of required training hours, and hiring a deputy fire chiefProviding more small community parks, green spaces and park offerings
Ellis has also encouraged community engagement through My Goodlettsville to give back to the city and be aware of city services, and Citizens Leadership Academy to create understanding of how the city government works.
Ellis has also worked with the police to develop neighborhood watch groups, an apartment management group, and a hotel management group.
Learn more about the city, which has 17,000 citizens, at www.goodlettsville.gov.