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State Architect Named New General Services Commissioner

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Robert E. Oglesby as the new commissioner of the Department of General Services. Oglesby replaces Steve Cates who is departing the administration on August 20 to return to his Nashville development business. Oglesby currently serves as Tennessee’s state architect.

“Bob has done a great job as our state architect, and his experience will be uniquely valuable as we continue the important work of effectively managing our assets and leveraging the state’s buying power to save taxpayer dollars,” Haslam said.

The state architect serves as the chief staff officer of the State Building Commission, responsible for supervision of the state’s building and land development projects, instituting the commission’s operating procedures and promulgating its technical standards.

Before being appointed by the State Building Commission as state architect in 2011, Oglesby, a licensed Tennessee architect for more than 30 years, served as president and principal-level designer for EOA Architects in Nashville.
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Cates Leaving as Comish of General Services

News release from Gov. Bill Haslam’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of General Services (DGS) Commissioner Steve Cates will be leaving state government to return to the private sector in the coming weeks.

As commissioner, Cates has focused on the state’s assets and liabilities through a comprehensive review of state-owned properties across Tennessee, and as a result he has worked to ensure that space is being utilized and facilities are being maintained in the most efficient and effective way for the taxpayers of Tennessee.

He has also played a key role in the state’s implementation of a new Central Procurement Office to create more savings and efficiencies through leveraged purchasing by state government.

“Steve has put a lot of work into bringing state government into the 21st Century,” Haslam said. “We now have a reliable inventory of state properties; we have a plan to maintain those properties instead of deferring maintenance costs until there is a crisis; we’re creating more functional and cost-effective work spaces for our employees; and we’re leveraging the state’s buying power to save taxpayer dollars. These are significant changes that are making state government better, and I am grateful to Steve’s dedication to see these projects through.”
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