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Town hires Jenkins as new assistant engineer

Town Engineer Darryl Smith has a new assistant Town engineer, Chris Jenkins.

“He’s a very well-rounded engineer, and he brings a lot of knowledge to the Town staff through his background with T-DOT and the construction industry,” Smith said.

“He was chosen from a pretty sizeable pool,” he added.

Jenkins, a Maryville native, graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1992 with a degree in civil engineering. He then worked for three years at Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, and at TDOT for 13 years, where he most recently worked as a project manager.

“I have a well-rounded background. I’ve had the contractor’s perspective on things as well as the other side of things, the administration side,” Jenkins said.

“I kind of know what the contractors are thinking and have a good ability to communicate with them,” he added.

“I was looking for opportunities to get more diversified in different types of projects,” Jenkins said of his decision to work for Farragut.

“Here, there’s a wide variety of different types of projects you can be involved with … you get the municipal experience,” he added.

Jenkins does “pretty much whatever’s needed,” he said.

Most recently, Smith and Jenkins have been working on road projects such as Campbell Station improvements and the new signaled intersection at Kingston Pike and Everett Road.

“I have a good rapport with several different firms in the area. I pretty much know the project development process pretty well,” Jenkins said.

“I just [have] a practical approach to being able to solve problems,” he added.

In addition to helping with contracts, projects and studies, Jenkins helps address citizen requests and complaints.

Jenkins was hired early in the year.


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