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Protecting and Serving Area Citizens

The City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and various local townships provide quality government services to Chattanooga residents.

Hamilton County includes the 10 municipalities of Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Ridge, Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Red Bank, Ridgeside, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, and Walden. The citizens of Hamilton County elect a mayor every four years to head the county’s executive branch of government; the mayor, along with nine elected county commissioners, oversees legislation and policy for the county. Similarly, Chattanoogans elects a mayor and nine city council members to administrate all city government programs and services.

Among many public amenities available to Chattanooga residents is the Chattanooga Public Library. Across its five locations, the library offers services such as book and DVD rentals, Interlibrary Loan, computer access and WiFi, meeting room reservations, personal fax services, and more. At the downtown location, the 12,000-square-foot fourth floor serves as a public laboratory and educational facility, with offerings including laser cutters, screen printing, power and hand tools, sewing equipment, a photography studio, and a virtual reality booth. The library also regularly holds events for all ages, ranging from Storytime for preschoolers to book clubs and tutorials for adults.

The Chattanooga Department of Public Works oversees the design, construction, and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure, including sewer and storm water systems, waste management, and public spaces. From garbage, recycle, and brush collection to the disposal of household hazardous waste, the department strives to sustain a greener and more livable city. Township governments provide services to residents in place of or in addition to those offered by the city or county.

Often working in collaboration with the Public Works department is the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, which ensures the efficient and effective design of the city’s transportation infrastructure while working on necessary repair and improvement projects. The department also acts as the city’s liaison to CARTA (Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority), the Transportation Planning Organization, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to provide the best comprehensive transportation system.

The Chattanooga Fire Department, the Chattanooga and Hamilton County police departments, and local townships’ fire and police organizations work together to keep area citizens safe. Responding to over 19,000 emergencies annually, the Chattanooga Fire Department protects a growing 144 square miles in Hamilton County, while the Chattanooga Police Department – consisting of 500 sworn officers – is responsible for neighborhood policing, investigations, and special operations. Available at all hours of the day, the police department responded to more than 240,000 calls for service in 2019.

The City of Chattanooga also promotes outdoor recreation and public art through various programs. The city currently maintains 35 miles of greenways and trails, 53 tennis courts, 41 playgrounds, six youth athletic association facilities, three dog parks, and two golf courses. Hamilton County additionally maintains a number of community parks as well as Chester Frost Park, Enterprise South Nature Park, and the Tennessee Riverpark.

Neighboring Bradley County is home to the cities of Cleveland and Charleston. Cleveland is governed by a mayor, city council, and city manager, while Charleston operates under a commission form of government with a mayor and two commissioners.

Did you know?

Chattanooga residents can help promote the growth and development of their public library through the Friends of the Library organization! Each year, Friends of the Library sponsors used book sales throughout the community to generate funds to support the library’s various programs.

Protecting and Serving Area Citizens

The City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and various local townships provide quality government services to Chattanooga residents.

Hamilton County includes the 10 municipalities of Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Ridge, Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Red Bank, Ridgeside, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, and Walden. The citizens of Hamilton County elect a mayor every four years to head the county’s executive branch of government; the mayor, along with nine elected county commissioners, oversees legislation and policy for the county. Similarly, Chattanoogans elects a mayor and nine city council members to administrate all city government programs and services.

Among many public amenities available to Chattanooga residents is the Chattanooga Public Library. Across its five locations, the library offers services such as book and DVD rentals, Interlibrary Loan, computer access and WiFi, meeting room reservations, personal fax services, and more. At the downtown location, the 12,000-square-foot fourth floor serves as a public laboratory and educational facility, with offerings including laser cutters, screen printing, power and hand tools, sewing equipment, a photography studio, and a virtual reality booth. The library also regularly holds events for all ages, ranging from Storytime for preschoolers to book clubs and tutorials for adults.

The Chattanooga Department of Public Works oversees the design, construction, and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure, including sewer and storm water systems, waste management, and public spaces. From garbage, recycle, and brush collection to the disposal of household hazardous waste, the department strives to sustain a greener and more livable city. Township governments provide services to residents in place of or in addition to those offered by the city or county.

Often working in collaboration with the Public Works department is the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, which ensures the efficient and effective design of the city’s transportation infrastructure while working on necessary repair and improvement projects. The department also acts as the city’s liaison to CARTA (Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority), the Transportation Planning Organization, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to provide the best comprehensive transportation system.

The Chattanooga Fire Department, the Chattanooga and Hamilton County police departments, and local townships’ fire and police organizations work together to keep area citizens safe. Responding to over 19,000 emergencies annually, the Chattanooga Fire Department protects a growing 144 square miles in Hamilton County, while the Chattanooga Police Department – consisting of 500 sworn officers – is responsible for neighborhood policing, investigations, and special operations. Available at all hours of the day, the police department responded to more than 240,000 calls for service in 2019. 

The City of Chattanooga also promotes outdoor recreation and public art through various programs. The city currently maintains 35 miles of greenways and trails, 53 tennis courts, 41 playgrounds, six youth athletic association facilities, three dog parks, and two golf courses. Hamilton County additionally maintains a number of community parks as well as Chester Frost Park, Enterprise South Nature Park, and the Tennessee Riverpark.

Neighboring Bradley County is home to the cities of Cleveland and Charleston. Cleveland is governed by a mayor, city council, and city manager, while Charleston operates under a commission form of government with a mayor and two commissioners.

Did you know?

Chattanooga residents can help promote the growth and development of their public library through the Friends of the Library organization! Each year, Friends of the Library sponsors used book sales throughout the community to generate funds to support the library’s various programs.

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