Chattanooga's longtime deputy city attorney is moving up to the top spot.
Phil Noblett is to be confirmed at city attorney and chief legal officer at the Aug. 21 city council meeting, according to a news release from Mayor Andy Berke's office.
Noblett will replace Wade Hinton, who resigned recently to take a vice president's position with Unum.
In the release, Berke said, "Phil is an ideal fit for this role. He is a skilled litigator and legal strategist with an exceptional understanding of municipal law that goes back nearly 30 years. He is uniquely and eminently qualified to be our next city attorney."
A native of Asheville, N.C., Noblett received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and has been a licensed attorney in Tennessee since 1982. He was a member of the firm Nelson, McMahan & Noblett from 1990 until 2009 as a municipal and civil litigator on many state and federal court matters for Chattanooga and other municipal governments across Tennessee. He became duty city attorney in 2009. He is a former president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and is a fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation. He served as president of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association in 2016.
Noblett said in the release,"It's an honor to serve as the next city attorney and work alongside our dedicated city council and mayor as we work to make Chattanooga a stronger, more equitable and inclusive city for all Chattanoogans."