Gov. Haslam’s chief of staff to leave administration

Mark Cate
Mark Cate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam announced Wednesday his chief of staff will be leaving the administration to return to the private sector.

Mark Cate plans to establish a strategic consulting and management firm.

“Mark has been a key player and a valuable part of our team since my first campaign for governor,” Haslam said. “He is talented at keeping a lot of balls in the air at the same time and keeps us moving forward as a team. I wish him and his family all the best in his new endeavors. I will miss having him in the Governor’s Office.”

As chief of staff, Cate has served as a top advisor, strategist and negotiator for the administration.

He’s not only managed the Governor’s Office, but also assisted Haslam in day-to-day activities and acted as his liaison to various departments, agencies and external stakeholders.

“It has been the highlight and highest honor of my career to serve Governor Haslam and to be a part of the incredible team of talented women and men he has assembled,” Cate said.

Cate will continue in his role through the summer. The governor will name a successor at a later date.

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