Lee appointed Clifton to serve in the role as a private citizen, one of two on the 25-member board.
Clifton has been with Mattern & Craig since 2012 and has worked in the consulting engineering industry for a total of 15 years. In this role, Clifton leads the business development and marketing efforts for the firm’s five offices in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. Prior to this, he was employed by the City of Kingsport in the Transportation and Utilities departments, and served as public works director with the City of Athens, Tennessee. His public sector career spanned over 15 years.
In addition to this state appointment, Clifton also serves nationally as chairman of the American Public Works Association Government Affairs Committee. Locally, Clifton serves as vice-chair of the Kingsport Board of Zoning Appeals; is a member of the Sullivan County Regional Planning Commission and the Sullivan County Emergency Communications District Board. He is also a member of the Kingsport Kiwanis Club.
TACIR was created in July 1978 by Chapter 939 of the Public Acts of 1978 in response to legislative findings in the late 1970s indicating the need for a permanent intergovernmental body to study and take action on questions of organizational patterns, powers, functions, and relationships among federal, state, and local governments.