Press Release from Gov.-Elect Bill Haslam, Dec. 20, 2010:
West Tennessean Has Previous State Level Experience
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley as his Special Advisor for Legislation, a Cabinet-level position.
An active member of the community in Carroll County all of his life, Kelley has an extensive public service career, including currently serving his fifth consecutive four-year team as Huntingdon’s mayor.
Kelley was a three-term state Representative from 1979-1985. He was the Commissioner of Employment Security for then-Gov. Lamar Alexander and he also served Alexander as the Transportation Commissioner, overseeing the Governor’s road program.
“As your next governor, I’m focused on growing jobs in Tennessee, continuing the momentum we have in education reform and balancing a difficult budget, and Mayor Kelley, with his hands-on experience as mayor and his time in Nashville, will help me oversee legislation we bring forward,” Haslam said. “I’m proud that he has agreed to continue his distinguished career by joining the administration.”
Kelley also has an extensive career beyond the public sector. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 for his basketball officiating career, which included officiating Final Four games 1978-1980. He spent time as the NCAA Division I Coordinator of Officials President and on the National Association of Sports Officials Board of Directors.
“I’m honored that Gov.-elect Haslam would ask to me to serve our great State of Tennessee as part of his administration, and I’m eager to put my experience in government to use tackling the tough challenges that are out there,” Kelley said.
Kelley, 71, is married to Carlene, and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church Huntingdon.