After 29 years serving as the Community Relations Director for The City of Brentwood, Linda Lynch is set to retire Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.
Lynch has spent a career as the city’s liaison between government and the community, responsible for many of the events that have turned into tradition over the years, like the annual Independence Day Fireworks Show and the Summer Concert Series.
A reception for Lynch will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. at City Hall for friends, coworkers and well-wishers.
Born in Leipers Fork and raised in Franklin, Lynch moved to Brentwood after six years as a teacher in Oklahoma and in Memphis, where she was teaching high school students in Memphis in 1968 when Martin Luther King was assassinated at a hotel in the city.
Lynch and her husband, Joe have two children and two grandchildren. They spent ten years operating Bestway Express, Inc., a transportation company. Lynch joined the City of Brentwood in 1987.
Mayor and friend Regina Smithson calls Lynch a dedicated hard worker. “What has always impressed me the most is the love she has for her fellow employees and the City of Brentwood.
“She has always gone above and beyond the call of duty and will certainly be missed. I know she will enjoy her retirement but the city will always have a void without her,” Mayor Smithson said.
Commissioner and friend Anne Dunn called Lynch the go-to person for residents. “Her love of the city is evident in everything she does. She will be missed tremendously but, knowing Linda, she will stay active with the Historical Commission and continue to impact our quality of life,” Dunn said.
City Manager Kirk Bednar praised Lynch’s many accomplishments throughout her career.
“She has served this community and its residents in a magnificent way,” he said. “All while managing her family, starting a bank, and founding many of the boards still going strong in Brentwood and Williamson County today. She has been devoted to the historical preservation of our city and for that our residents should be thankful.”
Lynch helped organize what is now known as Bancorp South Bank. She graduated with a B.A. Degree from Peabody College (Vanderbilt University) and completed her Masters of Business Administration at Central State University in Oklahoma. She helped organize Holy Family Catholic Church, was a founding committee member of Brentwood Morning Rotary Club, Leadership Brentwood, Williamson County Arts Council, Brentwood Library Foundation, and Williamson County Friends of Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital.
She has served as president of the Williamson County Heart Association, Junior Woman’s Club of Nashville, Santa’s Helpers, Friends of Children’s Hospital, and vice president of Nashville Symphony Guild; chairman of WDCN Public Education Television, the Symphony’s Italian Street Fair, and the Nashville Heart Gala Auction. Lynch is a member and/or director for various committees and boards including the Brentwood Historic Commission (founder), the Brentwood Tree Board, the Adopt-A- Mile program and the Brentwood Library Foundation. Lynch is a lifetime member of the Williamson County Heritage Foundation.
In the past, she was honored by the March of Dimes as one of ten Outstanding Women in Middle Tennessee, by the Brentwood Journal as one of three Outstanding Women in Brentwood and one of 10 Outstanding Women in Williamson County by the Review Appeal. In 1994, she also received Leadership Brentwood’s First Leadership Award given to a person who exemplifies the leadership concept and whose contributions have made a positive impact on the City of Brentwood. Lynch leaves her legacy for the city with things like Ravenswood Mansion, Smith Park, the Cool Springs House and Boiling Spring Academy.
Lynch’s replacement is Deanna Lambert who brings 14 years of government and media experience to the city. Lambert most recently worked at The Tennessee Department of Transportation and prior to that was a reporter, anchor and producer in various TV markets across the Southeast including WSMV Channel 4 in Nashville.
Lynch says she is ready for retirement and new adventures. “Now I can do some of the things I’ve been anxious to do all these years and just relax some. I am excited about the future.”
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