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Coonrod resized  DEMETRUS COONROD (District 9)
  Contact Information:
  Phone: (423) 643-7185
  Fax:(423) 643-7199
  Mailing Address:  City Council Building
  1000 Lindsay Street
  Chattanooga, TN 37402-4233
Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod is a 1993 graduate of Chattanooga High School. She has worked along with the community for improvements to Wilcox Tunnel, pushed leadership to support Ban the Box, and a voice for restoration of rights for convicted felons.

Councilwoman Coonrod served as President of Eastdale Neighborhood Association, and serve on the board of The Sports Barn, Community Development Block Grant, and Causeway.

She currently serves as chair of the Council's Youth and Family Development Committee.

District 9 consists of the following precincts:

  • East Chattanooga 1 & 2
  • Eastdale
  • Glenwood
  • Missionary Ridge
  • Ridgedale 1 & 2

Dist 9




Byrd resizedANTHONY BYRD (District 8)
Contact Information:
Phone: (423) 643-7182
Fax:  (423) 643-7199
Mailing Address:
Chattanooga City Council
1000 Lindsay Street
Chattanooga, TN  37402-4233
E-Mail Address: abyrd@chattanooga.gov

Councilman Anthony Byrd is an action-oriented, innovative go-getter that is passionate about investing in People. He has served in his role at Hamilton County General Sessions Court for over 20 years, fighting for human rights and civil liberties for those without a public voice. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Councilman Byrd is a property owner and developer that understands the people of his community.

Councilman Byrd realized his love for his hometown as a young boy and understood the importance of community and being a positive example. Since the age of 6, he has been actively involved in doing his part to make Chattanooga greater. He received the Key to City at the tender age of 13 from then Chattanooga Mayor, Gene Roberts, along with his group, The Happy Clowns, for their hard work and dedication against the war on drugs. He went on to sign a record deal alongside Usher Raymond and traveled the world singing encouraging songs and exemplifying that you don't have to follow the crowd or engage in negative and destructive behavior to be socially accepted.

With over 20 years of public service experience, Councilman Byrd continues to pursue his passion for bringing positive change to his community. In these years he has devoted time and energy to listen to the masses and not only the classes. In addition to his public service and property management experience, He is also known as an accomplished promoter and manager of nightlife social events. With a huge personality and a natural knack for bringing people together, Byrd provided a solution for downtown entertainment that appealed to a diverse audience. It is evident that Byrd understands the needs of his community both socially and civically.

As a city council member, Mr. Byrd said he will "lead from the community up, rather than from the City Council down." He says he will work for continued improvement to the city's approaches to neighborhood funding and infrastructure so that all citizens can be proud of their communities and schools. His goal: "To make all of District 8 exceptionally livable whether - you live in Avondale or in Downtown Chattanooga."

Councilman Byrd currently serves as the chair of the Council's Economic and Community Development Committee for 2018-2019. He previously served as chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee from 2017-2018.

District 8 consists of the following precincts:
  • Amnicola
  • Avondale
  • Bushtown
  • Courthouse 1 & 2
  • Eastside 1 & 2

Dist 8


Berz resizedCAROL BERZ (District 6)
Contact Information:
Phone: (423) 643-7181
Fax: (423) 643-7199
Mailing Address:  City Council Building
1000 Lindsay Street
Chattanooga, TN  37402-4233
E-Mail: cberz@chattanooga.gov

Focusing on solution-based, collaborative problem-solving, in both the public and private sectors, Carol Berz has been a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil and Family mediator and trainer for more than 25 years.

Dr. Berz is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Private Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, a mediation services and training organization headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She also serves as a Councilwoman for the City of Chattanooga, where she currently chairs the Budget and Finance Committee.

Through public/private partnerships, Dr. Berz has overseen the renaissance of commerce, economic development and connectivity in a diverse business environment that includes health care, construction, government, employment and finance.

Dr. Berz does extensive practice and teaching in both the public and private sector in the areas of mediation, law and ethics, and employment and labor/management issues relative to the costs of corporate conflict. She also is recognized as an authority in Family Mediation, with expertise in the special circumstance of domestic and workplace violence.

Formerly the Director of Forensic Services for Joseph W. Johnson Mental Health Center, and subsequently its Executive Director, Dr. Berz also has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, teaching social policy, law and ethics. She is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, with extensive post-doctoral training in mediation, law and conflict management system design.

Dr. Berz served as the Chair of the Curriculum and Continuing Education Committee of the Mediation Association of Tennessee before becoming its President. She also chaired the Mediation component of the Hamilton County Courts' Pilot Project relative to Tennessee's Parenting Plan law. She spent eleven years as a commissioner with the Chattanooga Human Rights/Human Relations Commission, dealing with employment and civil rights matters, becoming the first Chairwoman of that body.

Dr. Berz is a graduate of Leadership America in Washington, D.C., and former President of the Board of Directors of the Moccasin Bend Girl Scout Council. A member of the Tennessee Advisory Commission to the US Civil Rights Commission, she served on the Governor's Task Force on Church Burnings. Dr. Berz also chaired the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and spearheaded its Economic Impact Committee.

Dr. Berz is former Chair of the Board of Managers of the Hamilton Family YMCA and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Chattanooga Metro YMCA, where she served on the Human Resources Committee. She is the 2004 recipient of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, a sustaining member of Chattanooga's Women's Leadership Institute, and a Board member of both the Chamber of Commerce Midtown Council and the Grassroots midTown Board of Directors. Dr. Berz was honored by the City of Chattanooga for her unique contributions toward advancing equality of opportunity among its citizens and currently co-chairs the Mayor's Council for Women.

Professional memberships include the Association for Conflict Resolution, the ADR Section of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy for Professional Family Mediators and the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, where she heads the Governance Committee.

Dr. Berz holds a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Tennessee, a JD from the Nashville School of Law, a MA in Administration from the University of Tennessee, and a BA in Human Services Management from the University of Tennessee, with additional studies at Emory University, Bryn Mawr College, and Harvard University. In addition, she is an IFTA certified Personal Trainer, an AEA advanced trainer, and a YMCA certified instructor and trainer in aquatic sports training.

Dr. Berz currently serves as the Chair for the Budget & Finance Committee. 

District 6 consists of the following precincts:

  • Airport
  • Brainerd 
  • Brainerd Hills
  • Concord 1, 3 & 6
  • Ooltewah 3
  • Summit 1
  • Tyner 1 & 2

 Dist 6


Oglesby resizedERSKINE OGLESBY, JR. (District 7)
Contact Information:
Phone: (423) 643-7180
Fax:(423) 643-7199
Mailing Address:  City Council Building
1000 Lindsay Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402-4233

Councilman Erskine Oglesby, Jr., is the Council's Vice-Chairman for 2018-2019. He is currently the chair of the Council's Legislative Review Committee for 2018-2019. He previously served as chair of the Council's Economic and Community Development Committee from 2017-2018.

In his extensive professional career, Mr. Oglesby has worked as Associate Director of Corporate Engagement for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga responsible for cultivating relations with community and corporate partners to enhance annual giving and providing marketing and technical support to nonprofit agencies throughout the region.

Before United Way, Mr. Oglesby was a Business Services Representative for the
Southeast Tennessee Development District's (SETDD) Tennessee Career Center. There he carried the responsibility for marketing Career Center services to area
businesses and administering training grants to companies in located in
Southeast Tennessee. Alongside other accomplishments, he increased employment
opportunities in the region by working with local governments in workforce and
economic development. Mr. Oglesby also worked as the Regional Disability
Program Navigator advocating for employment opportunities and training for
citizens with disabilities.

Prior to SETDD, Mr. Oglesby worked as Associate Director for the Salvation Army
in Mississippi and Louisiana managing operation centers after hurricanes
Katrina and Rita hit the gulf coast. Mr. Oglesby was responsible for
providing financial assistance, social services community support after the
devastation. He also provided leadership in the allocation of community
development grants to counties and parishes rebuilding after Hurricane

Mr. Oglesby spent over 10 years working for the YMCA in executive positions in
Durham, NC, Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC and Jackson, MS, where during his
tenure he was responsible for building and renovating facilities as well
program and community development.

He worked for Marriott Management Service has a project manager for targeted renovations for St. Louis University Hospital and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Medical Center in meeting OSHA and infection control standards. Mr. Oglesby worked at Tennessee State University for 10 years as the Director of the Howard C. Gentry Athletic Complex where he was responsible for the management and coordination of academic, student life, athletic, community events.

Today, Mr. Oglesby is President of the 100 Black Men of Chattanooga, Inc, and the
immediate past President of the Kappa Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, where he was recently awarded 2013 and 2016 Man of the Year for exemplary service to the fraternity. He is currently the 5th District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Treasurer for Kentucky and Tennessee where he is responsible for managing the District's annual budget and investments.

Mr. Oglesby also serves on the City of Chattanooga's Pension Board as a Trustee and
on the boards of the WTCI-TV, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Tennessee Men's Health Network and the Downtown Kiwanis.

Mr. Oglesby is the past chairman of the board of the Dodson Avenue/Southside Community Health Center while also serving on the Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Board. Mr. Oglesby was the founding chairman of the Bessie Smith Heritage

He also serves on the Hamilton County Regional Preventative Health Committee,
Southeast Tennessee Minority Health Consortium and the Tennessee State
University Alumni Association.

Mr. Oglesby is married to Chattanooga native Sheryl Oglesby. They have two children, son Ryan, and daughter Dominique with 3 grandsons. Mr. and Mrs. Oglesby are active members of Resurrected Baptist Church.

District 7 consists of the following precincts:

  • Alton Park 1 & 2
  • Downtown 1 & 2
  • East Lake
  • St. Elmo 1


Dist 7





Gilbert resizedRUSSELL GILBERT (District 5)
Contact Information:
phone: (423) 643-7183
fax : (423) 643-7199
Mailing Address: City Council Building
1000 Lindsay Street
Chattanooga, TN  37402-4233

Councilman Russell Gilbert is currently serving as the chair of the Council's Human Resources Committee for 2018-2019.

He is a Food Service Director at Parkridge Valley Hospital. He’s also an entrepreneur whose non-profit organization, “Angels in Flight”, provides industrial and arts training to area children. Councilman Gilbert has also worked to revitalize the Washington Hills Recreation Center and football field. These areas provide a safe haven for community children to spend time and play. He also coordinates the McKenzie Football Camp for Kids and is the coordinator of the Highway 58 Neighborhood Association Coalition, a group of over 3,000 households working together to improve their neighborhoods in Murray Hills, Lakes Hills, Washington Hills, Mimosa Circle, Chickamauga and Bal Harbour.

District 5 consists of the following precincts:

  • Bonny Oaks
  • Dalewood
  • Eastgate 1 & 2
  • Kingspoint 1, 2 & 3
  • Lake Hills
  • Woodmore 1 & 2


Dist 5


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Parks and Recreation/Education, Arts and Culture Committee

City Council
1000 Lindsay Street(map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone:(423) 643-7170
Fax: (423) 643-7199



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