Chattanooga mayor: Safety, youth, jobs key priorities

Chattanooga mayor: Safety, youth, jobs key priorities

May 17th, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Mayor Andy Berke

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today cited three priorities as the city's new chief executive, calling for gains in public safety, youth development and economic and community development.

"We need to see a government that delivers these in the most effective way," said Berke in remarks at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Chattanooga graduation.

Berke said youth development is "the best investment we can make." He said it's also central to improving public safety.

"For too long in our community, we have pointed fingers rather than raising hands and asking 'Who is responsible for educating our kids?'" he said. "Today, I raise my hand as mayor and say the city is ready to do its part."

The former state senator also challenged others to "raise your hand and take responsibility in our community."

See full story in Saturday's Times Free Press.