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Butch Eley

Finance & Administration

Butch Eley was named commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration on April 15, 2020. In this role, he serves as Gov. Bill Lee’s chief financial officer.

At the time of his appointment to F&A, Eley served as the state's chief operating officer (COO), responsible for working with department commissioners to design a framework that translates strategy into operational priorities and then implementation. He takes an enterprise-wide view of government operations in supporting change and making government work better for its customers and constituents. He was named COO shortly after Gov. Lee was sworn into office on January 19, 2019.

Prior to joining Governor Lee’s Administration, Butch was a Founder and CEO of Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA).  Headquartered in Nashville, ICA was one of the nation’s premier infrastructure asset maintenance management companies with comprehensive asset management contracts throughout the country.

Eley was also a partner and eventually President at The Ingram Group, one of the premier public affairs and advisory firms in Tennessee. At the Ingram Group, he specialized in helping companies interact with government.

Eley has devoted much of his career to creating positive change for communities through public service at both the federal and local levels, focusing on transportation policy, economic development and planning issues.

Eley earned both a Bachelors and an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville.  He and his wife Ginger live in Brentwood, have three adult children and two grandchildren.



Butch Eley

View Commissioner Eley's holiday message to F&A. 

Butch Eley and Eugene Neubert

View a conversation from 2020 between Commissioner Butch Eley and Deputy Commissioner Eugene Neubert, shortly after Eley's appointment.