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10/02/2020

Marilyn Medley Retires from Morristown HA

Marilyn Medley has been with the Morristown Housing Authority for 45 years.  She began her career with the Housing Authority in 1975 as the Accountant and spent the past 21 years as Executive Director.

She is a graduate of Draughons College and has earned several certifications and acknowledgements throughout her years in Public Housing. 

She has served on local, Southeastern, and National Housing Boards -

  • President of the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA);
  • Vice-President of Professional Development for the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC);
  • Chairperson, Board of Ethics and Credentialing Trustees for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • Workforce Investment Act Board (WIA)
  • Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Taskforce
  • Lakeway Achievement Center
  • Chairperson, Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Head Start Policy Council
  • Morristown A.M. Rotary Club - Co-Chairperson on the Service Project Committee which includes the Christmas Shopping Spree for 100+ poverty children and a Golf Tournament to raise funding for Non-Profits. She has served as President.

Other significant accomplishments and contributions to her community include -

  • Organizing golf tournament fundraisers for the Special Olympics and the Youth Emergency Shelter
  • Provided office space for Habitat for Humanity
  • Organization of a women's empowerment program with Stepping Out Ministries
  • Helped facilitate the Helping Hands Clinic in Morristown
  • Donated a van to Stepping Out Ministries in 2009
  • Raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Tennessee for Youth of the Year scholarships
  • Executed renovations of the day care center within Morristown Housing Authority's developments

Since she became the Executive Director of Morristown Housing Authority, the Authority has won several noteworthy awards - two Awards of Excellence from SERC, numerous Awards of Merit and an Award of Excellence from NAHRO.  Marilyn has also worked closely with Friends of Hospice to open the Serenity House - the first "Comfort-Care Home" in Morristown for those who have a terminal illness and have been medically determined to be in the last three months of life.

She has been an integral part of the housing community and her contributions will always be valued and remembered. Her personality, dedication, and drive are worthy of admiration and set an example for everyone to follow. She will continue to make a positive impact in this community and accomplish many more goals as she continues to inspire us all with the her passion in life.

In her retirement, Marilyn will continue to reside in Morristown, Tennessee with her husband, Jim; daughter, Erin; grandson, Trevor; granddaughter, Kendall; and special friend, Brent.

A Professional Business Portrait of Marilyn Medley
  • Gary Minor (9/15/20-9/15/21)
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  • Brooks Jeffrey Marketing (forever)
  • TAC (9/22/20-9/22/21)
  • Ledford Engineering (9/17/20-9/17/21)