The Town of Signal Mountain


Meet the Town Council

Town Council Members

“The Mission of the Town of Signal Mountain is to provide open government, high quality services, efficient use of resources, and sustainability through managed growth as well as to foster community involvement, innovation and opportunity while preserving small town character.”

Mayor Chris J. Howley    

Chris Howley

Mayor Chris Howley has been a resident of Signal Mountain since 2001.  He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He has worked for Republic Parking System for 20 years.  Mr. Howley is married to Lauren and they have four children that attend school on the Mountain.  Mr. Howley has been very active in the community having served on two different Town Boards.  He also currently holds or has held board positions in various Mountain youth athletic organizations, SMMHS Sport’s Boosters and Theatre Arts Boosters as well as at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club.

Vice Mayor Dick Gee

John Richard "Dick" Gee

Vice Mayor Dick Gee has been a resident of Signal Mountain for 33 years.  He was educated at Virginia Tech where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1965.  He has worked in sales and marketing for the Dupont Company and as an executive in other companies associated with the carpet industry.  Most recently he served as a financial consultant with Hilliard Lyons.  He is currently retired and well known in the community for his volunteerism. 

Mr. Gee was elected to the Town Council in 2010 and serves as the council representative on the Mountain Arts Community Center Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mr. Gee also represents the Town on the Board of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority.

Councilmember Robert Spalding

Council Member Robert Spalding’s family has lived on Signal Mountain since 1965.  He graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1997.  Dr. Spalding opened Area Podiatry on Signal Mountain In 1998.  Dr. Spalding has published several books and operates an online training company called MediNail to improve national nail salon safety. He is married to Virginia Spalding and has one daughter. He has been employed or volunteered in multiple public safety organizations since 1973. He was an original incorporator of the Walden’s Ridge Emergency Service in 1976 and holds a current board position with WRES.  Dr. Spalding maintains certifications in EMS and law enforcement. Dr. Spalding has been a member of the Lions Club since 1998.

Councilmember Amy Speek

Councilmember Dan Landrum



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About the Signal Mountain Town Council

The Town of Signal Mountain operates under a Council/Town Manager form of government. The Council has certain responsibilities including approval of the annual budgets, tax rates, ordinances, resolutions, staffing levels, contracts, personnel policy, purchasing policy, and other policies.

A five-member Council is elected by Town voters with three of the five members running every two years on even numbered years, matching the national elections. Of the three top vote getters, two receive four-year terms and one (the third place finisher) receives a two-year term. This ensures that three members of the Council will be up for election every two years and two will remain seated to provide a level of continuity for the next Council.

The Council elects the mayor and the vice mayor from among its membership. The mayor presides at Council meetings and is the titular head of the Town. The vice mayor acts as mayor in the mayor’s absence.

The town manager is appointed by and serves at the will of the Council as the Town’s chief administrative officer. The Town Manager’s responsibilities include supervising Town employees, enforcing all policies and ordinances enacted by the Council, providing a budget for the Council’s review, and controlling operations and expenditures to maintain a balanced budget.

The Town Council meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Council Room at the Town Hall and also at other specially called meetings as advertised.

Town Attorney

Phillip A. Noblett. Attorney-at-Law

Mr. Noblett has served as Signal Mountain’s Attorney and legal advisor since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is currently a partner in the firm, Nelson, McMahan & Noblett, and has practiced in that office since 1985.

Mr. Noblett is a member of the Chattanooga Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the U. S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Tennessee; the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; the U. S. Supreme Court; and, he is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Litigation Specialist.

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Town Court

The Town Court has jurisdiction over all infractions of municipal ordinances of the Town of Signal Mountain and concurrent jurisdiction with courts of general sessions in all cases of criminal violations committed within the Town, including the jurisdiction to conduct preliminary examinations and bind over defendants to the grand jury for indictment.

The voters of the Town elect a Town Judge for a term of eight (8) years. The Judge tries all persons charged with violations of the ordinances of the Town. She/He has the power to levy fines, penalties and forfeitures in accordance with the offense and to impose court costs established by ordinance by the Town Council. She/He is also charged with issuing all necessary process papers, administering oaths, and punishing for contempt.

The Town Judge is Tracy Cox, who was appointed by the Town Council February 2017. You may contact Judge Cox at For questions or information regarding the Town Court, contact the Court Clerk Diane Dailey at or 423-531-4747.

The Court Meets Every 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.--at the Town Hall

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Locally Elected Tennessee Officials

United States Senate

Bob Corker
Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D. C. 20510

Lamar Alexander
523 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, D. C. 20510

U. S. House of Representatives

Chuck Fleischmann
423 Cannon Bldg.
Washington, D. C. 20510

Governor of Tennessee

Bill Haslam
Governor’s Office
The Capitol
Nashville, TN 37219
Tennessee State Senate

Tennessee Senate

Bo Watson
304 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
1-800-449-8366 Ext. 11764

Tennessee House of Representatives

Patsy Hazlewood
301 6th Ave., North
Suite 20 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN  37243

Hamilton County Mayor

Jim Coppinger
208 County Court House
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Hamilton County Commission

Jim Fields
111 County Court House
Chattanooga, Tn 37402

Hamilton County School Board

Kathy Lennon
401 Crisman Street
Chattanooga, TN 37415
(423) 326-7966 Home
(423) 402-9954 Work

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School System Viability Committee

The Town of Signal Mountain has established the School System Viability Committee (SSVC) to study the viability of establishing, funding, operating and maintaining a municipal school system. The SSVC, while established by the Town Council, is working for the citizens of the Town and our larger mountain community.

2017 Minutes

SSVC 4/12/17 Questions Asked
SSVC 4/12/17 Budget Working Group Comments
SSVC 7/6/17 Progress Report
Final Report of The SSVC
SSVC Final Report - Revised 12/1/2017
SSVC Final Report - Revised Pages 12/1/2017
Exhibits A, B, & C
Final Budget - Exhibit A, B (Updated 12/1/2017),C
Special Education Research Summary
Quality Survey Results-Exhibit D
SSVC Final Survey - Quality in Education
SSVC Report Presentation Videos - Part 1 | Part 2

Meeting Audio Recordings

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Important Documents

Signal Mountain Town Charter
Code of Ordinances for Signal Mountain
ADA Transition Plan
ADA Complaint Form
Title VI

State of the Town

2014 State of the Town (PDF)
2013 State of the Town (PDF) (PowerPoint)
2012 State of the Town (PDF) (PowerPoint)
2011 State of the Town
2010 State of the Town
2010 State of the Town (PowerPoint)
2009 State of the Town


2009-2010 Budget
2009-2010 Amendment
2010-2011 Budget
2010-2011 Amendment
2011-2012 Budget
2011-2012 Amendment
2012-2013 Budget
2013-2014 Budget
2013-2014 Amendment
2014-2015 Budget
2014-2015 Amendment
2015-2016 Budget
2015-2016 Amendment
2016-2017 Budget

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*Previous years available at Town Hall.

Zoning Ordinance

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Subdivision Regulations

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Land Use and Transportation Plan

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Street Criteria

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DRC Design Principles and Standards

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Sign Regulations

KCRW Commercial District Vision and Guidelines

Debt Policy

Revenues & Expenses



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