Ken Webb to seek at-large Cleveland City Council seat in August 2018 election
Ken Webb has announced his intention to seek the at-large Cleveland City Council seat in the Aug. 2 Cleveland election.
A Bradley County native, Webb graduated in 1972 from Charleston High School and in 1974 from Cleveland State Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1976.
He and his wife of 44 years, Dianne, have two daughters, Katherine (Nick) Gouge of Erwin, and Rebecca (Bubba) Bacon of Charleston; and four grandchildren: Miles and Owen Gouge, and Brody and Darcy Grace Bacon.
“My heart is in and with this community and its citizens,” Webb expressed. “God has blessed me beyond measure in my professional career in Cleveland. I am asking you to give me the opportunity to put my experience working closely with the City Council over the last 29 years and my knowledge of the community to work for you as an at-large member of your Council.”
He continued, “It is time I give back to the community that has given my family and me so many opportunities. Help me work with you, to assure opportunities we have received are available for all citizens of Cleveland. It is my goal to build upon the successes of the past and meet the challenges of the future.”
Webb spent his entire professional career in Cleveland. Upon graduation from Tennessee Wesleyan, he was employed by the late Tommy Randolph and his partner, Gerry Kersey, as a staff accountant. In 1981, he became chief accountant at American Uniform Co. He joined Cleveland Utilities in 1987 as senior accountant. He became manager of accounts in 1988. In 2012, he was named senior vice president/CFO and in October 2013, was promoted to president/CEO, serving until his retirement at the end of 2016.
Webb’s community involvement has included a variety of areas of service. He has served as a CU representative on the boards of directors for the Chamber Economic Council and Industrial Development Board and the Southeast Industrial Development Association. He has served on the boards for the United Way of the Ocoee Region, the Bradley County Tax Equalization and the Cleveland Shade Tree. He currently is a member of the board for Life Bridges.
Webb and his wife have been members of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since 1984. He has served in numerous capacities at Wesley, including Stewardship Committee, Building Committee, Trustee and Staff-Parish Relations Committee and as a delegate to the Annual Conference for the Holston Conference. He served with the Cleveland Emmaus Community.
His current activities at Wesley include the Endowment Committee (chairman), Finance Committee, board of directors of Gibson Woods, and Church Council. He is also chairman of the Hiwassee (Cleveland) District United Methodist Church Trustees and is on the board of directors for Camp Lookout, a church camp owned by the Hiwassee (Cleveland) and Scenic South (Chattanooga) Districts of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church. He serves on the conference level as a member of The Holston Conference Insurance and Pension Committee and on the board of directors of the Holston Conference Foundation.
If elected, Webb said his priorities will focus on a safe community, financial stewardship and budget discipline, educational opportunities, revitalization of downtown and surrounding areas, traffic and infrastructure upgrades, quality city services for all the city’s residents and maintaining public properties to reflect a message of optimism and pride in “The City with Spirit.”
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