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Patrick Lawton

Work Experience

  • City Administrator for the City of Germantown, TN since 1989
  • Assistant to the City Manager for Community Development Director for the City of Champaign, IL
  • Administrative Assistant for City of Salinas, CA


  • Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University in 1979
  • Masters in Public Administration from Indiana State University in 1981


Select Achievements

  • The Tennessee Municipal League City Manager of the Year 1996
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Mid-South Chapter Administrator of the Year 1997
  • Adjunct Teacher – University of Memphis

Board and Association Affiliations

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA)
  • ICMA’s Performance Management Advisory Committee
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager
  • Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) Board of Directors
  • Germantown Performing Arts Center Board of Directors
  • Leadership Germantown Board of Directors
  • Past President of the Tennessee City Managers Association
  • Past President of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association
  • Past Treasurer Mid-South ASPA
  • Past Member Germantown Rotary
  • Past Member of Parrish Finance Council for Holy Spirit Catholic Church


  • Married to Cathy Lawton, retired special education teacher at Houston High School
  • Three children- daughter Erin (Joe), sons Brendan (Kayla) and Kipp (Samira)
  • Three grandchildren – Lily, Oliver and Soori

Lola McVey

Lola McVey is the Director of Accounting & Finance at Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES). She holds a bachelor degree in Business and Economics, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Lola served two terms as President of the Board and past Campaign Chair of the United Way of Bristol, is Treasurer of The Salvation Army of Bristol Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors of Bristol Regional Medical Center. She has previously served on the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence board of examiners.

Drew Bedard

Drew is the Vice President of Brand and Consumer Marketing at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway.  Drew has been at the Speedway for 8 years and in that time has presided over the Brand Vision and Marketing strategy for The Last Great Colosseum including the largest football game ever attended with the Battle at Bristol in 2016.  Before coming to Bristol, Drew spent 6 years at HB&M Sports, a sports marketing agency in Charlotte, North Carolina where he worked with brands such as Sharpie, Kimberly-Clark and many others. Drew lives in Johnson City with his wife Jessica and their 3 children, Evan, Claire and Banks.

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June 2019