City attorney resigns from office, joins Unum

Wade Hinton has launched a new website called Board Connector. (Photo: Contributed)

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Wade Hinton recently announced he will be leaving his role as Chattanooga City Attorney. (Photo: Contributed)

Chattanooga City Attorney Wade Hinton recently resigned from his office and announced his intention to join Unum as its Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.

Wade Hinton has been a terrific partner to city government and a model public servant for years,” Mayor Andy Berke said in a prepared statement. “While I am certainly sad to see him go, I know he will thrive in his new role.”

Wade Hinton joined the City of Chattanooga in 2013 as City Attorney and Chief Legal Officer.

During his tenure, he created Board Connector, which connects minority men and women with an interest in serving on a nonprofit board to intentionally-inclusive nonprofits looking for such talent.

Mayor Berke’s full statement read:

After I won the mayoral election in 2013, I asked Wade to co-chair my transition team because I knew how valuable his strategic problem-solving skills, deep roots in our community, and commitment to service would be for our city.

I was honored when he later accepted my and city council’s invitation to become our City Attorney. In the last five years, he has completely transformed the City Attorney’s Office into one of the most efficient and effective law practices in the city.

He has one of the sharpest legal minds I’ve encountered, and his passion for helping everyone in our city — particularly disadvantaged young people and people of color — find their own paths to success is truly inspiring.

I have been a better mayor and we have become a stronger city because of Wade’s service. I know his dedication to Chattanooga is greater than ever and we wish him well.

At Unum, Hinton will be responsible for strategic diversity inclusion programming to help Unum ensure its culture, environment and business approach is respectful to all groups of people.

Unum Group President and CEO Rick McKenney said in a prepared statement:

Through a grassroots approach with executive support, we’ve made tremendous progress creating an inclusive culture where all of our team members can thrive. I am confident that Wade will harness our energy and help us realize our vision of a world-class workplace that appreciates the unique talents and experiences of every team member.

Hinton’s last day in office will be July 24. He will begin in his role at Unum on August 20.