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 citizens of East Ridge are engaged and engaging as we plan for present and future needs. It’s because of their support and encouragement that the future looks very bright for the City. I am humbled to serve an organization that encourages interaction with government and active citizenry.

Commissioner Kenny Custer


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.

— 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.

— 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

Boyd Veal, Town Mgr-2017

“As the representative for Signal Mountain, I’m aware of the challenges the WWTA faces in terms of making sure we have sewer infrastructure that will serve our community well into the future.  Not only must the WWTA meet community needs but it must do so within a regulatory framework set at the state and federal levels.  These are challenging times, but actively working toward a positive future for our environment, community and economy will always be a challenge.  I’m proud to work with such a dedicated group of individuals as we pursue this shared mission.”

— Commissioner Boyd Veal

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

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"As the representative for Lakesite and a member of the business community, I am always looking for effectiveness and efficiencies in business.  The WWTA is entering into an important chapter in the organization’s history and I’m proud to continue to seek ways that provide the best sewer service possible while doing so in ways that effectively use the funds entrusted to us by our customers.”

 —  Commissioner Bobby Bishop