Kirsten Ert has been selected by the Lakesite Board of Commissioners as the new city manager. Ert comes to Lakesite from Collegedale where she served as senior community planner and social media coordinator. She also served as a city planner and government management graduate intern with Collegedale. A native of Germany, Ert graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu and worked as the Hawaii Legislature as a senate research coordinator. She then earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also worked at Chattanooga State Community College as an assistant for the director of the Center for Academic Research and Excellence. Ert serves on the Board of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council and is a member of TCMA, ICMA, and the Association for Strategic Planning. She was selected for the ICMA Emerging Leaders Development Program which recognizes promising leaders in local government and helps them build skills in the management profession.