City IT director leaving
NATCHEZ — Bridget Chappell is leaving her position as the city’s network administrator and IT director. She was awarded a key to the city for her years of service during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Natchez Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Chappell became the city’s assistant IT director in June 2013 and became IT director last year. She last served as the network administrator.
Mayor Darryl Grennell said Chappell is leaving her position to go with her husband Mitchell, who is relocating to Tennessee through his job as a branch manager with Regions Bank.
Diane Holland, deputy city clerk, said she worked with Chappell throughout Chappell’s five-year tenure. Holland said Chappell is “efficient, talented and very knowledgeable.”
“She was kind of like a librarian, if she didn’t know the answer, she knew where to look to find it,” Holland said. “She was very accommodating and easy to get along with. I will miss her. She’s become a pal.”
Mayor Darryl Grennell said the improvements Chappell made went beyond computer systems and phone networks to include installing cameras in City Hall, procuring body cams for police and installing GPS for the fire department. In doing it all, Chappell remained personable, he said.
“With all her work, she has been financially conscious during that time and very fiscally responsible,” Grennell said. “She has a wonderful personality. You just don’t see Bridget get upset. She is an asset to the city.”
Chappell’s last day with the city will be today, Holland said. Chappell did not return calls on Wednesday.