Dean's healthy living director leaves for TDOT position

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:38pm

Mayor Karl Dean’s director of healthy living is heading to the Tennessee Department of Transportation to serve as the department’s chief of environment and planning.

Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin will begin his position next week, according to TDOT spokeswoman B.J. Doughty. The department made the announcement last week.

“TDOT is very fortunate to have Toks Omishakin as our new chief of environment and planning,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a statement. “Toks’ expertise in transportation planning will be a tremendous asset to the department, and I am confident he will lead our efforts to be an environmentally sensitive agency.”

Omishakin, who previously held the position of bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in the Mayor’s Office, leaves a vacancy with his exit.

Dean press secretary Bonna Johnson said the intention is to fill the opening. She did not have a timeframe of doing so.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle has become a major policy initiative for Dean following Metro’s landing of $7.5 million in federal funding to improve active living and health eating.

Dean has challenged Nashvillians to compete in a 5K run on Nov. 13. Earlier this year, he challenged citizens to walk 100 miles along the city’s greenways.  

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6 Comments on this post:

By: axelhose on 10/20/11 at 5:48

Bicycle & pdeestrian co-ordinator? Well at least he he has important experience.

By: govskeptic on 10/21/11 at 5:38

Does this mean the health of Nashvillians will be falling off?
Will the Mayor have to contact his mentor, Mayor Doomsberg
in NY, for advice on how to proceed? Will this "Expert" on
marking highways for bike paths be doing the same for
I-40 and Highway 70? What other state or country can we
look to for examples of this expertise? Lots to be considered
on this appointment!

By: Community-carl-... on 10/21/11 at 7:02

Obviously, the "Good Ole Boy" network is alive, well, and functioning. It is quite a stretch to compare the position of "Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator" in the Mayor's Office to TDOT's position as "Chief of Environment and Planning."

As for what happens next in the Nashville Mayor's Office, I wouldn't be surprised to
see a consulting firm hired and a national search conducted to find another
"Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator."

Needless to say, I have lost faith in the Dean administration's ability to be responsible stewards of taxpayer funds.

By: bfra on 10/21/11 at 7:37

AND, if so, the consulting firm will be from"out of State!

By: yucchhii on 10/22/11 at 12:05

yucchhii What's the matter...NOT LIVING HEALTHY ENOUGH?

By: localboy on 10/24/11 at 1:42

I guess that's another 'Mission Accomplished' for the current administration ;)