A former special assistant to Gov. Phil Bredesen is the newest member of Mayor Karl Dean’s administration, The City Paper has learned, and other staff changes at the mayor’s office are expected in the coming days.
According to multiple sources, Tam Gordon, Bredesen’s former special assistant for projects, has joined the Dean administration. Gordon, a former Nashville Banner reporter who served as press secretary for Bredesen during his tenure as mayor of Nashville, has also worked for the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
Mayor’s office spokeswoman Janel Lacy declined to provide details when asked about staff additions, although she acknowledged in an email that the mayor’s office has “some staff announcements coming.”
An aide to Dean confirmed Gordon’s appointment, adding that she would be working on special projects including a poverty initiative. The aide said Gordon was to start the job this week.
The new hire comes as another Bredesen alumnus, former Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke, recently joined Dean’s administration as a part-time employee in the Metro Finance Department.