Board of Commissioners


With an aging and deteriorating sewer system, Signal Mountain has faced significant challenges over the years. The WWTA is working hard to find ways to improve service in our community while meeting regulatory policies. We know the importance of communicating these efforts to the community and are looking forward to an ongoing conversation with Signal Mountain customers to address their concerns.

— Chair Dick Gee

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"As someone with a career in accounting, I know the importance of funding projects in ways that are affordable and efficient for our customers.  It’s important for our board to make decisions that will provide a strong foundation for the future.  As Hamilton County continues to enjoy strong growth, we know the decisions we make will impact generations of our citizens." 

Commissioner Bill McGriff


The WWTA applies efforts that lead to small-community problem solving. They know the importance of their work on Lookout Mountain; however, for many of us, the importance is not just for the present, but also for the future. We appreciate efforts that will work both now and in the future.

— Lookout Mountain Commissioner Walker Jones


As the representative for one of the growth corridors in Hamilton County, I know the decisions made today will impact the future of Soddy Daisy.  As a plumber, I also understand the challenges many small businesses have had with past interactions with the WWTA.  I’m encouraged that these challenges are being addressed.  But more than that, I’m pleased that future of the community I represent is well-positioned for the future.

— Soddy Daisy Commissioner Gene Shipley


As a businessman, my focus is always on the bottom line. Cost efficiencies are always important; however, we need to invest in projects that will provide strong infrastructure for generations to come. As one of WWTA’s newest board members, I challenge the staff to continually think as a business. What can they do to meet customer needs and expectations in a manner that is effective as well as efficient? I’ve found that the WWTA not only shares this vision but has fully embraced it on behalf of the customers they serve.

— Commissioner Doug Fisher

Alice Cannella

“Having served as an environmental engineer with public wastewater systems for many years, I am aware of the challenges faced by the WWTA of both a growing and an aging sewer system. In decision making it is important to consider engineering practices and regulatory requirements as well as the needs of customers, both current and future.”

— Commissioner Alice Cannella

Jay Bell

“For the last three decades, I’ve worked throughout Hamilton County to build more than 3200 homes in 15 communities. As a licensed real estate broker and licensed contractor, I know the importance of details as communities are developed. As an active member of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga and board member for more than 10 years, I’m aware of the challenges as well as opportunities available in Hamilton County for those seeking to call our communities home. I am honored to serve as the representative from the building industry on the WWTA board.”

— Commissioner Jay Bell


“Red Bank has a very dense urban environment and is positioned for additional growth in the future once the local sewer system is repaired and rehabilitated to allow for long-term moratoriums to be lifted. The investment needed in our community is large and will be expensive, but is necessary for our city’s future. I am excited to represent my community’s needs on the board of the WWTA.” 

 —  Red Bank Commissioner Pete Phillips 

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"As a commissioner, it is my promise to help WWTA provide responsible wastewater services to the residents of Signal Mountain and address the needs of our overburdened infrastructure. I am excited to work alongside my colleagues to provide proven and reliable solutions to meet the needs of all WWTA customers. Guided by our core values and inspired by the prospect of a cleaner tomorrow, together we can provide sustainable wastewater solutions.”

—  Signal Mountain Commissioner Matthew Justice 


“WWTA provides a critical service of utilizing a sanitary sewer system for the orderly and safe development within our community. In addition, WWTA’s program to rehabilitate existing sewer systems is crucial to achieving a healthy environment for all our citizens.”

 —  East Ridge Commissioner Steve Leach


I am privileged to bring my engineering career and business experience to this professional, thoughtful and focused organization. The stabilization, renovation and expansion of a critical infrastructure in Hamilton County, in a fiscally sound manner, permeates every discussion we have. 

Lakesite’s growing business district and an expanding residential corridor utilize the WWTA’s system.  Our growth in these two locals is directly tied to WWTA’s performance. I am excited to represent Lakesite’s needs as well as assist our neighbor cities.

—  Lakesite Commissioner Wayne Behlau