Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the district is separating the maintenance and transportation supervisor position. Cal Blacker, who currently serves in the dual position, will continue as the maintenance supervisor.
Pickard, the assistant director of Cheatham County 911, will begin his new duties July 1.
A lifelong resident of Cheatham County, Pickard, who lives in Kingston Springs, attended Pegram Elementary, Harpeth Middle and Harpeth High schools.
He began his work career at the Cheatham County Emergency Medical Services as an EMT, and he has worked for the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office. He was the first part-time dispatcher for Cheatham County 911 when it was created in 1988.
He eventually moved on to the Tennessee Department of Safety, where he worked in the communications division for 17 years.
In June 2013, he returned to Cheatham County 911 as the assistant director.
Pickard, who represents the sixth district on the Cheatham County Commission, served as a Cheatham County bus driver for about 10 years.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work for the Cheatham County School District in this new role,” Pickard said. “I look forward to working with our bus drivers to provide Cheatham County students with safe, enjoyable and reliable transportation.”