Dean names ex-Bredesen aide as chief administrative officer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 11:53am
Staff reports

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.

6 Comments on this post:

By: cannoneer2 on 4/6/11 at 2:05

Can't any of these ex-Bredesen people get jobs outside of politics?

By: on 4/6/11 at 2:12

Metro seems to have gotten along fairly well for almost 12 years without the Bredesen staff. Maybe they are good, but it just seems strange that so many have joined or rejoined Metro within the last few months.

By: slzy on 4/6/11 at 8:13

this will keep dean from getting any fantasies that he is running the show.

By: slacker on 4/7/11 at 6:43

Another soldier in the Dean re-election army. Soon 51% of Nashville's population, will work for Deanex.

By: Community-carl-... on 4/7/11 at 7:40

This is just another affirmation that the "good ole boy" network is alive and well. It is amazing how Nashville's finances are allegedly so tight, but Dean has no problem finding funding and creating positions for his cronies, who basically will function as his re-election staff on the taxpayers' dime. This reeks of nepostism, cronism, and corruption....all elements interwoven throughout Dean's tenure so far.
Dean's number one priority is looking out for the interests of himself and his rich and well connected friends......Nashville citizens's needs are a much lower priority on his agenda. The man is a scoundrel. How can Nashville citizens tolerate this continued abuse of power and public funds?

Karl Dean is not good for you, he's not good for me, he's not good for Nashville.
Make Dean a one term mayor.

By: Community-carl-... on 4/7/11 at 11:02

What? No rebuttles during the past 3 1/2 hours?!?! I do believe I hit the nail on the head at 8:40 am!