State General Services Head to Step Down

Steve Cates, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of General Services, will step down from his position effective Aug. 20 and return to the private sector, the Memphis Business Journal reports. Cates, who is responsible for managing the state’s assets and liabilities, has been with the Haslam administration since Jan. 2011. “Steve has put a lot of work into bringing state government into the 21st Century,” Gov. Haslam said in a statement. “We now have a reliable inventory of state properties; we have a plan to maintain those properties instead of deferring maintenance costs until there is a crisis; we’re creating more functional and cost-effective work spaces for our employees; and we’re leveraging the state’s buying power to save taxpayer dollars. These are significant changes that are making state government better, and I am grateful to Steve’s dedication to see these projects through.”