Butch Eley serves as the Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Transportation for Tennessee. In this role he serves as a top advisor to Governor Bill Lee, manages the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and coordinates infrastructure investments throughout the state.
Prior to this role, Eley served as Tennessee’s chief financial officer (CFO), where he managed all financial, technological, and benefits operations of the State of Tennessee. He first served as Governor Lee’s chief operating officer (COO) for the state, responsible for working with department commissioners to design a framework that translates strategy into operational priorities and subsequent implementation. In that role he led the state’s first four-year strategy and planning process. He takes an enterprise-wide view of government operations in supporting change and making government work better for its customers and constituents.
Before joining Governor Lee’s Administration, Eley 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 has devoted 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 bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville. He and his wife Ginger live in Brentwood, have three adult children and three grandchildren.