City of Johnson City hires Willis as assistant city manager

Published 9:43 am Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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JOHNSON CITY – The City of Johnson City will welcome Steve Willis back to the organization on April 17. Willis, who served as Human Resources director from 2015-2021, will serve as assistant city manager.

“We are thrilled to have Steve back,” said City Manager Cathy Ball. “Steve’s legacy has been a constant presence since I joined the City, and to have him back not just in spirit but in person is exciting for all of us.”

In addition to his 6-1/2 years with the city, Willis has 31 years of experience in private sector human resources. He is the director of the Tennessee School Board Association Northeast District and chairman of the Unicoi County Board of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University.

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“Steve’s vast HR experience makes him an ideal candidate to round out our executive team,” Ball said. “He is a champion for employees, and we look forward to bringing him home to continue working on their behalf.”