Mayor Karl Dean announced Wednesday he has named Janie Conyers as his chief administrative officer.
Conyers served as chief administrative officer for former Gov. Phil Bredesen, 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 Nashville mayor 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,” Dean said in a release. “She has developed key ties with community leaders and has a proven track record of results in office leadership, coordination and communication.”
Conyers will work directly with Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote, Dean added.
Conyers’ role with 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 with Bredesen an education software company called Bredex.
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 Corp. acquisition by McGraw-Hill before moving to her post in the Capitol.
Conyers attended Austin Peay State University and is a member of the Tennessee State Capitol Commission.