Davidson new CEO at MTNG

Swoape promoted to director of human resources & communications

SMITHVILLE – The new year brought new leadership to Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District (the District), as Jim Hodges retired and turned over the duties of executive vice president & CEO to Mike Davidson. Davidson comes to the District after an extended career with the city of Cookeville. Davidson served as Cookeville City Manager from March 2015 through June 2019, and prior to that, he held the positions of Cookeville finance director and director of Cookeville Gas Department. 

Cliff Swoape

Cliff Swoape has been promoted to director of human resources & communications effective with the new year. Swoape has served the District since 1987 when he began work as a part-time meter painter while he went to college. He has served as property maintenance, a service technician, a customer service representative and most recently as manager of safety & training for 22 years. Swoape resides in Woodbury with his wife, Katherine, and their children. He is looking forward to his new role of caring for the District and its employees beyond just their safety and training needs.  Swoape said he remains committed to safety, customer service and reliability always being top priorities for the District.  

Founded in Smithville in 1955, the District is the natural gas provider for all or portions of 22 counties in Middle and East Tennessee. The District’s mission is to support the growth of the communities it serves by providing safe, reliable, and competitive natural gas service.  

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