A longtime politician and businessman will partially come out of retirement to serve as an economic development consultant for an area bank.
Andrew Johnson Bank, headquartered in Greeneville, announced Monday that Homer G’Fellers was hired by the bank’s board of directors as a member of the Jonesborough Advisory Board.
G’Fellers, an 8-year president and CEO of the Johnson City Power Board, will begin work immediately at the bank’s East Jackson Boulevard branch, County Executive of Washington County Art Rambo said.
“We’ve needed for a while someone who has a good sense of the Jonesborough area,” Rambo said. “Homer has been making business and personal contacts over the years, and our thinking was, he’s been retired from the Power Board for a while, so we thought he might like to have something to keep him occupied.”
G’Fellers has served in local politics for 16 years, has been Jonesborough’s mayor and still sits on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Rambo said the position at the bank will not interfere with G’Fellers’ political position, and said he assured he would be very careful to keep conflicts from influencing his decisions.
For his assistance in community for business development opportunities, public relations, commercial and individual loans and deposits, Rambo said G’Fellers would be paid a stipend without benefits, similar to contract work.
He will mainly concentrate in the Jonesborough and Johnson City areas, where Andrew Johnson Bank has two branches.
The others are in Greeneville, Morristown and Cleveland, Tenn.
The bank, chartered in 1975, is privately owned and holds assets totaling approximately $288 million.