Greg Mackay, former head of the Knox County Election Commission and a former real estate broker, has been hired by Mayor Madeline Rogero to succeed Bob Polk as the director of public assembly facilities. Polk retired in November.
"Greg's strong track record as an administrator and innovator, and his background in real estate, will serve the city well in the operation of these valuable public properties," Rogero said in a city press release. "He is an effective manager and a skilled communicator who has experience working with a diverse group of employees and with the public. He will bring a fresh perspective as we think about the future of our public facilities."
he Webb School and University of Tennessee alum was a Realtor for 11 years, and served as an election commissioner from 1990-1998. He then assumed the position of election commission administrator in 2003 until the Democrat was ousted in 2011.
As the public assembly facilities director, Mackay will manage operations at Chilhowee Park and the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. The buildings host more than 100 events every year, the city's press release said.
"Chilhowee Park and the Auditorium and Coliseum are great public assets that play a vital role in Knoxville's civic life," Mackay said in the release. "I am excited about working with the dedicated staff at these facilities to maintain that role and build on it for the future."