By Camm Ashford
Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday night appointed Marvene Noel to fill the District 8 seat vacated by Councilman Anthony Byrd.
Mayor Tim Kelly appointed Byrd City Court clerk on Feb. 1. Since then, he has not participated in council votes, nor has he attended meetings.
Council on Tuesday conducted interviews with the seven candidates who applied for the seat vacated by Byrd. Noel, of Orchard Knob, won in a 6-2 vote.
Council members Darrin Ledford and Ken Smith voted for Armand Wine, youth minister at Avondale Church of Christ.
Immediately following the vote, Noel was administered the oath of office, and then took the District 8 seat.
“Thank you all for trusting me,” Noel said. “And thank you so much for letting me bring my love and my heart for my community to the City Council family.”
Noel is a member of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association. She also serves as
director of diversity for the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga; on the Park Ridge Health System Board of Governors; as the Chattanooga lead for health disparities on the Neighborhood Development Oversight Committee; on the Orchard Knob Collaborative; and on the East Chattanooga Community Council.
District 8 includes the following precincts: Amnicola, Avondale, Bushtown, Courthouse 1 and Courthouse 2 and Eastside 1 and Eastside 2.
Councilwoman Noel said she plans to run for office in the Aug. 4 general election to continue representing the seat. Council members serve four-year terms.