Lee names commissioners for Health, General Service, Intellectual Disabilities

Gov.-elect has named three more commissioners for his incoming administration:

• Lisa Piercey – Department of Health.
• Brad Turner – Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
• Christi Branscom – Department of General Services.

Here is the release from Lee’s transition office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Today, Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee announced three appointments to his cabinet for the Department of Health, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of General Services.

“We have been committed to building a team that represents each Grand Division and I am pleased to add appointees who represent West, Middle and East Tennessee at the table,” said Lee. “I look forward to working together to implement a conservative vision for Tennessee.”


The Governor-elect named the following appointments to his cabinet today:

• Dr. Lisa Piercey – Department of Health
• Brad Turner – Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
• Christi Branscom – Department of General Services

Dr. Lisa Piercey, of Gibson County, currently serves as the executive vice president of West Tennessee Healthcare. In this role she oversees a roster of hospitals with an emphasis on rural hospitals in Bolivar, Camden, Milan, Dyersburg and Martin. Dr. Piercey’s clinical background is in pediatrics with a specialization in child abuse pediatrics. She serves as the Medical Director for the Madison County Child Advocacy Center and is also on faculty at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Brad Turner, of Rutherford County, currently serves as the director of client services at HealthStream, Inc. Turner has worked with the State Interagency Coordinating Council to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities through early intervention programming connected to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He also works closely with special needs volunteer organizations including Project Help and Rising Above Ministries. Turner has served as a Rutherford county commissioner since 2010.

Christi Branscom, of Knox County, currently serves as the chief operating officer and general counsel at Partners Development. Previously, Branscom served as the chief operating officer and deputy mayor for the City of Knoxville, where she was the first female in Knoxville history to serve in this role. She spearheaded a number of complex projects, including the transfer of ownership of Lakeshore Park from the state to the city, negotiating the Regal Entertainment Group move to the South Waterfront and overseeing construction of the city’s Public Works Service Complex. She has also served the City of Knoxville as the senior director of public works and was also the first female in Knoxville history to serve in this role. Branscom founded Grace Construction in 2003 which specializes in custom home construction.

9 Responses to Lee names commissioners for Health, General Service, Intellectual Disabilities

  • June and bill landrum says:

    Is this a member of the branscom family affilated with Vanderbilt a few years ago? A nice demo family we shall see. Please post if you know.

  • Sandra Clark says:

    Christi is from Knoxville – a developer who worked briefly for Mayor Rogero.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Well, it all depends on the meaning of the word “briefly” doesn’t it. For five and a half years Christi Branscom was Deputy Mayor and Chief Operating Officer for the leftist Mayor of Knoxville Madeline Rogero. Chalk up another liberal/centrist appointee for the cabinet of our No Record Governor who fooled all too many conservatives in voting for him.

      Conservatives who were fooled by the religiosity of Lee’s campaign into thinking he was a conservative please don’t be shy. As soon as you are ready to assure the rest of us that you have learned your lesson and you won’t repeat the same mistake by voting for a No Record Candidate for U. S. Senate in the 2020 Republican Primary no matter how many times his handlers have him repeat the word “conservative” we would all appreciate it.

    • MarLE says:

      A developer in charge of General Services….that, rather than her liberal background, should be under a watchful eye. But leave it to Stuart to turn this into a tutorial on conservatism which his chosen candidates also failed by my standards.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        In this case my “chosen candidate” was Diane Black because of all the candidates running for Governor in the Republican Primary she had the most impressive conservative credentials by far. In any election we are relegated to a choice between those who are running, I am a conservative, Diane Black had the most impressive conservative credentials. Randy(!), the man they called “La Raza” was a screaming moderate, Lee had no record whatsoever, Beth Harwell had a history of heading for the tall grass too often when the cannons roared and she never had a chance anyway.

        See! This stuff isn’t that tough once you get the hang of it.

        Welcome back.

  • Stella Lowe McDonald says:

    Thrilled to learn of the appointment of Brad Turner! You have made a very wise choice Mr Lee

  • Dan says:

    Brad Turner WILL be a congressional candidate soon enough. Mark my words.

  • Barbara Lee says:

    Best choice that could possibly be made in selecting Brad Turner!! He is a person of passion, integrity, and character!! He will do an amazing job serving the people of Tennessee and people with disabilities!!

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