Former Bredesen Staff Member Appointed Chief Administrative Officer
in the Mayor’s Office
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean announced today that Janie Conyers, who worked for former Governor Phil Bredesen since 1992, has been named Chief Administrative Officer for the Mayor’s Office.
Conyers most recently served in the same position in the Governor’s Office, starting when Bredesen was inaugurated as Tennessee’s 48th Governor in January 2003. Before then, Conyers served as Executive Assistant to Bredesen during his two terms as Mayor of Nashville from 1992 to 1999.
“Having served in similar roles for Metro Nashville and the State of Tennessee, Janie brings a wealth of knowledge to our office as Chief Administrative Officer,” Dean said. “She has developed key ties with community leaders and has a proven track record of results in office leadership, coordination and communication. She will work directly with Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote to achieve these same goals in our office. We are honored to have her join our staff.”
Conyers’ role as Chief Administrative Officer for the State included administering the day-to-day business of the Governor’s staff, budget and schedule. She has also served as Bredesen’s personal assistant for 20 years
Between working in the two public offices, Conyers started an education software company with Bredesen called Bredex and worked to build the company from the ground up to include 10 to 12 employees. During Bredesen’s campaign for governor, Conyers ran the Bredex office as well as assisted the campaign with scheduling. Conyers helped oversee the successful Bredex Corporation acquisition by McGraw-Hill before moving to her post in the Capitol.
UPDATE: I made an inquiry of Tennessean reporter Michael Cass about Janie Conyers' eligibility for a Metro pension. He confirmed that Ms. Conyers currently does not have enough years logged from a previous stint in Metro government to earn a pension, but that she would qualify for a pension by the end of a 2nd Karl Dean term.