JECDB names Emily Darnell as director

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board would like to announce that Emily Hill Darnell has been named JECDB Executive Director. Darnell comes to this position after nearly a decade with the Tennessee Department of Health.

The Joint Economic and Community Development Board was established in Marshall County in 2001 with the goal of fostering communication relative to economic and community development between and among local government entities, industry and private citizens by bringing community stakeholders together to work towards common goals. JECDB members are composed of representatives from governments, private citizens, present industry, business, professions, education and the general public.

“On behalf of the Joint Economic Community Development Board, I would like to express our excitement about having Emily Darnell fill the position of Executive Director,” stated JECDB Chairman Will Wilson. “Emily was selected from a long list of distinguished applicants and brings a wealth of experience to the position from her previous role with the Tennessee Department of Health. She hit the ground running on November 1 by representing Marshall County with others at this year’s Governor’s Conference. Emily will remain focused on the same initiatives previous Director Mike Wiles was pursuing such as Water Availability, County Transportation and Appearance, and Long Range Planning.”

Prior to accepting her current role, Darnell served Marshall and Bedford Counties as Public Health Educator in the Community Programs division of Tennessee Department of Health. In that position, Darnell worked closely with community members and local leaders to implement programming focused on promoting and improving the health of the communities she served as well as facilitating Health Councils for both counties. She also played an integral role in the designation of both Marshall and Bedford Counties as Healthier TN Communities through the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

Darnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University and is a graduate of Marshall County High School. She currently serves on Marshall County Child Development Center Advisory Board as Vice-Chairman, South Central Human Resource Agency HS/EHS Policy Council as Community Representative, Marshall County Coordinated School Health Advisory Committee, Healthy Park, Health Person Advisory Committee and is a member of Young Professionals of Marshall County.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work for the JECDB and, ultimately, the citizens of Marshall County,” stated Darnell. “Marshall County has been my life-long home and I am committed to promoting our wonderful community by continuing the great work of my predecessors.”