The Hamilton County Commission unanimously approved the appointment of Todd Leamon to become the new county public works administrator Thursday morning.
Leamon, who currently works as county engineer, will assume his new duties on Friday, Feb. 1. He will continue to serve as county engineer and oversee additional departments, including the highway department, building inspection department, support services and real property.
In a news release, Coppinger praised the appointment.
"Todd brings about a positive attitude that people are looking for and does his job well," he said. "He is a stellar employee."
Several commissioners congratulated Leamon during their agenda session following their vote.
"You've earned it," Commissioner Joe Graham said.
Leamon will replace longtime Public Works Administrator Dan Wade, who is retiring after 28 years of service. Wade served through the tenures of county mayors Dalton Roberts, Claude Ramsey and Jim Coppinger, according to a Chattanooga Times Free Press report.
Commissioners also discussed the selection of Franklin Associates Architects Inc. to oversee the design and construction of a new city and county shooting range. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond and Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd appeared before the group to recommend approving the architect selection.
"It's a win-win for us," Hammond said. "They're local, they are a big player and they're bringing a lot of professionals."
The group will discuss and vote on the measure next week.
Updated @ 8:43 a.m. on 2/1/13 to clarify the headline.