Rutherford County's mayor, Ernest Burgess, has decided on his new right-hand man.
Burgess announced to the Rutherford County Commission Friday he has appointed retired U.S. Army Col. Jeffrey L. Davidson as deputy to the mayor beginning Monday, April 29.
The search for a deputy to the mayor began in the fall after full-time county staff members suggested things would run more smoothly if Burgess had some extra help, the mayor said in a previous interview.
In his new post, Davidson will assist the mayor in all capacities, like consulting with department heads and improving county services, among other duties. The new post will also be the liaison between the mayor's office and elected county officials.
According to the announcement, Davidson, a native of Nashville and current resident of Eagleville, graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science in history before spending 28 years in the Army as an armor and cavalry officer.
Davidson is retiring from the position of inspector general for the State of Tennessee. Prior to this assignment, he served as chief of staff at the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox in Kentucky. He additionally served as a senior military advisor to the Iraqi Joint Force Headquarters in Baghdad assigned to Multi-National Security and Transition Command Iraq.
He also served in southwest Asia during combat operations in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and deployed in support of peace keeping operations in Bosnia during Operation Joint Guard.
The new deputy mayor, at a salary of $80,630, will take some responsibilities from the mayor's office, much like Murfreesboro's city manager, in helping the mayor oversee the daily operations of Rutherford County government.