Tom Jurkovich, director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development under Mayor Bill Purcell, has confirmed that he will be concluding his transitional work for Mayor Karl Dean’s administration and leaving the office next week.
Jurkovich said he’s still evaluating post-Metro government options, and plans to “take a few days off” to consider his next step. Work for a law firm, in real estate development or public relations are possibilities.
“It’s been the most rewarding experience of my life,” Jurkovich said.
In a statement, Dean thanked Jurkovich for staying long enough to ease the office’s transition.
“Tom is a friend and former colleague and I know first hand his remarkable accomplishments and his impact upon Nashville’s economic growth over the last six years,” Dean said.
A spokesperson for Dean said Jurkovich’s replacement has not been selected, and no timeline for replacing him has been identified.
“The mayor is actively looking at candidates now, but he’s going to take his time, like he has in appointing the other top positions, so he can pick the person who is best suited for the job,” said spokesperson Janel Lacy. “He’s not working within some sort of time frame to get someone selected.”
Lacy pointed to today’s appointments to the Mayor’s Minority Business Council as, “another example of how we really are moving forward on the economic development front.”
Jurkovich said Thursday that the past few years have been “an exciting time” to be in his position, noting the city’s “environment-changing” success in corporate recruitment, development of downtown Nashville’s residential component, and expansion and renovation of Nashville Airport. He said he’s also proud of the outside recognition the city has received during his tenure, from sources including national magazines and widely recognized surveys.
A graduate of McGavock High School, Jurkovich has worked as an attorney and lobbyist for Microsoft Corp., as Assistant Secretary for Inter Governmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration, staff director of the House Administration Committee of the U.S. Congress, and an attorney with Houston law firm Fulbright Jaworski.
He said Thursday that, regardless of his next career, he expects to remain involved in public affairs.
“As a hometown boy, I’m forever a part of Nashville’s fabric,” he said.
Additional reporting for this story provided by Jared Allen.