Bill Lyons is Deputy to the Mayor and Chief Policy Officer for the City of Knoxville under Mayor Madeline Rogero. In this position, he has major responsibility for policies regarding development of downtown and our urban core, community development and external policies for the city. He previously served as Sr. Director of Economic Development, Sr. Director of Policy Development, and Sr. Director of Policy and Communications, all for Mayor and now Governor Bill Haslam and then Mayor Daniel Brown.
In his policy roles for Mayors Haslam, Brown, and Rogero, Bill established the blueprint for a public-private approach that was key to bringing about major changes in the urban core. He led the effort that created the successful Downtown North Redevelopment area and co-chaired the team that established the major remaking of Cumberland Avenue.
Prior to his work with the City of Knoxville, Bill was a professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, where he had taught since 1975. He grew up in Memphis, graduating from Memphis Central High School in 1966. He received his BA degree from Rhodes College in 1970 and his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 1974.
Bill is a panelist on Democracy and the Free Press at 1:00 on Friday, September 28 at the East Tennessee History Center