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Buchanan retiring after 36 years with city

Contributed To The Press • Dec 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

The City of Johnson City announced that Community Relations Director Becky Buchanan will retire Jan. 3.

Buchanan has served the City for 36 years, the last 18 of which have been at the helm of the Community Relations Department.

With a degree from East Tennessee State University in Art and Education, Buchanan joined the City’s Parks and Recreation Department in 1981 as cultural arts director. She was promoted to operations manager in 1988 and assistant Parks and Recreation director in 1995. She assumed her current role in November 1999. Through both departments and in all roles, Buchanan has done a little bit of everything with the City.

Buchanan is well-known outside of municipal government for her community involvement as well. She has served on countless boards and committees including the VA Mountain Home Museum Board, Sister Cities International, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board. In 2011, as campaign chairwoman for United Way of Washington County, she led the non-profit to exceed its $1.8 million campaign goal.

Buchanan also plans to travel with her 91-year-old father, who also just retired from the finance business in Morristown.

Keisha Shoun, who has worked under Buchanan for more than 10 years, has been named interim director of Community Relations. JT McSpadden, who spent a decade with the Johnson City Power Board’s public relations team, has also joined the office.

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