Kevin Parton

Kevin Parton

Knox County Health Department

Senior Director

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

I believe Knoxville has the ability to move onto the cusp of innovation and greater prosperity. Not only is Knox County the third largest county in the state, we are in the unique position of having powerhouse organizations such as the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories at our doorsteps. This provides an atmosphere that not only inspires the next generation of leaders but also makes many of our neighbors think what more can I do. While there are times we are divided on an issue, I believe this in Knoxville want the best for their community.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

It would not be a secret if I told you.

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

Bring communities together and help unite them to overcome issues that are impacting our city and county.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

Cumberland Avenue in 1998 when Tennessee beat Florida.

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

Currently on my nightstand is a book titled the Political Determinants of Health

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

If the weight of work feels different right now…that’s because it is and that is okay. Take it in stride. Dwight Van de Vate – Chief Operating Officer for Knox County Tennesseee

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

As you get older it is okay to put yourself first sometimes.

Kevin Parton