Amy Moore announces resignation from post
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 12, 2013 | 1470 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amy Moore, legislative assistant to the Bradley County Commission, is resigning her position to serve as a grants administrator for the Tucker Foundation.

The Tucker Foundation awards grants to nonprofits in Bradley and Hamilton counties.

Moore’s last official work session with the Commission was Monday. Her last day is Friday.

“It’s sad for me. It’s 15 years I’ve been with the county in December [2012],” Moore said.

Yet, she is looking forward to what she will be able to do at the Foundation.

Moore began in her current position with the county in 2008, when the position was created.

The meeting where her position was authorized and the meeting where her resignation was announced were coincidentally both held at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library.

Moore said the assistant position gave her flexibility when she needed it.

“It allowed me to continue my career with having young children,” Moore said.

Currently the main offices of the Tucker Foundation are in Hamilton County. Moore’s office will be in Bradley County.

“I think it will be exciting to work with nonprofits and individuals in our community ... to look at innovative ways to address needs,” Moore said.

Moore said she has had experience working with grants through her work with the Healthy Community Initiative committee grants and through previous jobs. She said when she was in graduate school she did an internship with an organization in the community. At that time, Moore said she wanted to work with helping nonprofits get funding.

Moore said she has worked on both sides of grants — needing grant funding and providing grant funding. She said she enjoys giving the grant money.

In accepting the position, Moore is moving from a part-time job to a full-time role.

She said it will be the biggest change with her new job.

Part of her job with the foundation will be to help it move to electronic grant applications.

During her time with the Commission, she has enjoyed getting to know fellow members. Through her position, Moore became a “clearinghouse of information for them.” Before her position was created, commissioners often got different information that was not always accurate, she said.

Moore said she also looked into rumors commissioners had heard about things going on in the community.

“I think commissioners get a bad rap in county government and in the community,” Moore said. “A lot gets blamed on the Commission that they (all) didn’t do.”

Moore has worked in a part-time role, but was available to answer questions anytime.

During Monday’s Commission work session, commissioners discussed the possibility of eliminating the legislative assistant role.

Fourth District Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones suggested the Commission consider eliminating the position and having the Commission’s administrative work be handled under the mayor’s office. This is how such work was handled before the legislative assistant position was created. Peak-Jones said the work could be added to the role filled by the mayor’s Executive Assistant Dan Howell.

The commissioner said she wanted the Commission to consider the change to put funding for the position back in the budget. She said she had received a few calls from county residents suggesting the Commission follow this course of action.

“We all appreciate Amy and hate to see her go,” Peak-Jones said.

“But since she is going, I move we dissolve the position and put it back in the mayor’s office. We have so many (financial) requests … I say we put it back in the mayor’s office and put that money into programs that need increases.”

Second District Commissioner Connie Wilson said having a legislative assistant give the commissioners a single contact point rather than departments having all 14 commissioners calling them for information has been helpful.

Moore said what her role entails has expanded over time.

Fifth district commissioner Jeff Yarber said other local governments had more people to help them collect and process information. He said there were many other areas that could be cut if revenue was needed.

He said it was better to have the position under the Commission, not the mayor’s office.

Commission Chairman Louie Alford said he originally voted against moving the position in 2008. However, he says he knows there are many benefits to having the position under the Commission instead of the mayor’s office.

Sixth District Commissioner Robert Rominger said Moore had helped him understand many issues when he was a new Commissioner.

“I wasn’t talking about Amy specifically. I was talking about the position that she is leaving,” Peak-Jones said. “What are the chances that we are ever going to get another Amy, who will do a full-time job at part-time pay.”

The position vacancy has already been advertised in the community.