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La Vergne fills key positions throughout city

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Jeff Marler, Greg Skinner & Kristin Costanzo
LA VERGNE –The City of La Vergne has named new directors in the Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments, as well as an assistant treasurer and city planner.

“All of these highly educated and experienced employees are top professionals in their fields,” City Administrator Steve Mayer said. “They are excited to be here and it is a pleasure to welcome them to LaVergne.”

An experienced water utilities professional, Greg Skinner was named Public Works director.

His background includes municipal wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, collections system operation and maintenance, and operations management experience in private-sector chemical manufacturing businesses with a global consumer products company.

Skinner holds a Grade IV Wastewater Operator license with the State of Tennessee, a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and technology from MTSU and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

He is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Management Association (AMA).

City Planner Kristin Costanzo has a bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in urban & environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

She spent a year with AmeriCorps VISTA working in the Southern Appalachian coalfields doing water-quality restoration and community development.

Most recently Costanzo worked as a community planner with the Tennessee Local Planning Assistance Office with responsibility for comprehensive land-use and planning work for local governments in the middle Tennessee region. She is working to become AICP certified in 2012.

Tonya Williams has been named assistant treasurer in the Finance Department.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from MTSU. Williams worked in accounting for 13 years in the Memphis area for the Dunavant Cotton Company and Terminix International’s Corporate Office. She relocated back to Murfreesboro seven years ago to be close to family. Most recently she worked for Stewart's Special Events for five years.

Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Marler returns to the city following five years as athletic coordinator for Smyrna.

He spent five years in the same position for La Vergne.

Marler is a certified youth sports administrator through the National Alliance for Youth Sports, and a certified playground safety inspector through the National Recreation and Parks Association.

Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation from Western Michigan University.

Prior to his work in the parks and recreation field, Marler was Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the U.S. Army where he flew AH-1 Cobra, and AH-64 Apache helicopters in Desert Storm and in Bosnia-Herzogovenia while serving as the squadron safety officer.

Additionally, Darrell Layne is the city’s new athletic coordinator and Jerry Zemlo is the newly-hired sewer supervisor.
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