Chip Saltsman To Depart As Chuck Fleischmann’s Chief Of Staff Jan. 1

Friday, December 14, 2012

Chip Saltsman, chief of staff for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, will be departing as chief of staff on Jan. 1. Jim Hippe, Rep. Fleischmann’s current legislative director and counsel, will succeed Mr. Saltsman as chief. Mr. Saltsman will remain as an adviser until Jan. 31, to assist with the transition.

Mr. Saltsman said, “It’s been an incredible two years serving as Rep. Fleischmann’s chief of staff.  We’ve been able to put together a great team and accomplished a lot, including earning a spot on the House Appropriations Committee. From the beginning I made it clear that I only wanted to stay for two years and feel confident that I’m now leaving the office in capable hands. I’ve known and worked with Rep. Fleischmann for 20 years and look forward to continuing to help him politically in the years to come."

“Chip has been an incredible asset for the last two years.  His knowledge of politics and public policy is second to none.  I thank him for his tireless service and look forward to his advice and counsel in the future,” Rep. Fleischmann said.

Taking over as chief of staff, Mr. Hippe has served as Congressman Fleischmann’s legislative director and counsel since January 2011. He brings over 10 years of public policy and management experience to the job, including serving as legislative director and deputy chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  Mr. Hippe is a graduate of the University of Richmond and Vanderbilt Law School. He is native of Nashville and a member of the Tennessee Bar.

“I want to thank Congressman Fleischmann for this opportunity, and it is truly an honor to be his chief of staff.  We have a tremendous team in Washington and in the district, and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of the 3rd district and the state. I also want to thank Chip for the great job he did for the first two years and look forward to his assistance during the transition,” Mr. Hippe said.

“Jim brings a wealth of experience, and I know he will do an outstanding job as my new chief of staff.  As a native Tennessean, Jim understands the issues that are foremost on the minds of the people I represent. Entering my second term, I look forward to working with Jim and our great team to continue to serve Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District,” Rep. Fleischmann said.


Top City Of Chattanooga Pay

Here is the top pay at the city of Chattanooga: Bean, Russell J       City Judge        $170,537.41 Paty, Sherry B City Judge        $170,537.41 Berke, Andrew L.        Mayor  $154,781.15 Fletcher, Frederick Allen Police Chief     ... (click for more)

Independent Candidate Perry Lamb To Turn In Signatures For Walker County Commissioner Race

Perry Lamb said he would pay his qualifying fee on Thursday morning as an Independent candidate for Walker County sole commissioner. He said he would then finalize the process on July 8 by delivering the 16,50 signatures he has collected that are required by law to put him on the November ballot. His campaign said, "This accomplishment is a first for Walker ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (3)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Story You Won’t See

In a puzzling time when the big daily newspapers have veered strongly away from “all the news that is fit to print,” allow me to share a story that you very likely will not see on CNN, ABC News, or in the big media conglomerates that influence the way you think, the way you react and – as a result – easily warp our common senses. This story is very true. Late last Sunday afternoon, ... (click for more)

Hensley Succeeds Henry As Soddy-Daisy Athletic Director

Soddy-Daisy baseball coach Jared Hensley has added a new role to his duties. Hensley, who has coached the baseball Trojans for eight years with a 177-111 record and state tournament appearances in 2011 and 2015, is the school’s new athletic director. Hensley takes over for Steve Henry, now the school’s principal. “With coach Henry now the man in charge at our school,” ... (click for more)

Unbeaten Fairyland Clinches Red Division Swim Title

Members of the Calhoun swim team were set and ready to compete on the pool deck at the Fairyland Club Monday night, but they never got wet as the meet was postponed by lighting, thunder and the overall threat of stormy weather. They made the long trip back about 24 hours later and the second time around wasn’t nearly as productive as 21 less swimmers made the trip to the top ... (click for more)