Raquetta Dotley has been elected by her colleagues to serve as the next chairperson of the Chattanooga City Council, making her the first African-American woman to hold the position. Representing Chattanooga’s District 7 since 2021, Dotley recently served as the council’s vice chair from 2022-23, a position that will now be held by District 2 Councilwoman Jenny Hill. Before joining the city council, Dotley served as administrator of Westside Missionary Baptist Church and as executive director of the Net Resource Foundation. She has also been involved in numerous local organizations including the Trust for Public Land, Downtown Chattanooga Alliance, TNDP State Executive Committee, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Family Justice Center, and Mayor’s Council for Women. Dotley holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and business management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s in Christian education from Tennessee Temple University.