Mayor Appoints Tech Consultant to Board of Public Works and Safety

Mayor Kristen Brown has appointed Caleb Tennis to the City of Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety.

The Board of Public Works and Safety has oversight and control over public safety, streets, sanitation, transportation, and storm sewers.  The Board of Public Works and Safety is the contracting agency for the City of Columbus, and it approves all financial disbursements by the City Clerk Treasurer’s office.  The board also serves as the Safety Board for the Police and Fire Departments on matters of hiring, disciplinary matters and termination of public safety personnel.

Caleb Tennis, 34, works as an independent technology consultant. In 2008 he helped found Data Cave, a data storage and protection company that securely houses IT infrastructure for enterprise organizations. He also has been previously employed at Analytical Engineering Inc., where he designed software and hardware for diesel engine test cells. Tennis has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University, and many industry accreditations and certifications. His wife Anna is a board member at Learning Tree Pre-school and a member of Healthy Communities Initiative.  They have two children, Isaac, 4, and Zoe, 2.

Tennis has served on the Columbus Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners since 2012, acting as president in both 2013 and 2014. In addition he serves on the city’s Technical Advisory Committee.

The Board of Public Works and Safety was expanded last year by an ordinance amendment that enables the Mayor to appoint four voters of the city to the board. State law gives authority to the Mayor to determine if the Board of Public Works and Safety is comprised of 3 or 5 members. Mayor Brown chose to expand the size of the board to improve local government by having more members to review the City’s operations, contracts and claims. The additional members also increases the number needed for a quorum from two members to three.


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