Meet the HR Team

Chris Taylor

'interim' Human Resources Director

Chris has worked for the City of Hendersonville since September 2015 and was a former Parks Director for the City of Madisonville (KY) were he was born and raised.  He has worked in local government his entire career and enjoys serving the citizens of this community as well as its employees.  He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations & Advertising with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana. 

He is an active member of TnPRIMA, IPMA, and TPMA.  Chris earned his IPMA-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) certificate in August 2017 and completed Levels I and II of the Municipal Management Academy through MTAS.

Chris resides in East Nashville with his wife Caroline who is also from Madisonville (KY).  With a convenient airport close by, they travel any chance they get and love living in the Nashville area.  Being from Kentucky, as you might expect, Chris is a huge Kentucky basketball fan and loves rooting against the Volunteers and Commodores any chance he gets.                


Shelly Cleek

'interim' Asst. Human Resources Director

Shelly became employed with the City of Hendersonville is January 1985 and joined the HR Team in 1993.  She has extensive generalist experience and currently serves as the Senior Human Resources Coordinator. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in General Business, with a minor in Marketing, from Volunteer State Community College in August 1991 and is a member of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association.  Shelly became IPMA-SCP certified in August 2017.

Shelly is married with one daughter that attends law school/grad school in a dual degree program and she has a pet Bichon Frise to keep her nest from being empty.  In her time away from the office she loves traveling, cooking, decorating, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Debbie Trisdale

Accounting Technician

Debbie is an Accounting Technician in our Human Resources Department.  She came to work for the City of Hendersonville in November of 2004 after 24.5  dedicated years at R.R. Donnelley & Sons Printing Company in Gallatin and Kroger Accounting Center in Nashville for 2.5 years.  Debbie grew up and attended schools in Gallatin before moving to Hendersonville.  She graduated Cum Laude from Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin where she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in General Business.

Debbie is a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville where she enjoys singing in the adult choir, ambassador choir and working with children’s choir.  She is a Tennessee Vols and Titans fan.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out at the Sumner County YMCA and helping with the Sumner County Habitat for Humanity’s builds.


Aleesha Ploger

HR/Payroll Coordinator

Aleesha became employed with the City of Hendersonville in 2018 as the Payroll Specialist and joined the HR team in January 2020.  Prior to her move to Hendersonville, she worked in HR and Payroll/Accounting for several large Petro Chemical facilities in Louisiana where she is from.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2002 and is a current member of IPMA and TPMA. 

Aleesha and her husband are approaching their 20th anniversary and have a son and daughter, both in middle school.  She spends a great deal of time when not in the office watching her daughter’s dance competitions and shuttling her son around to all of the many sports he is involved in.  Aleesha enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, crafting, sewing and spending quality time with friends and family.


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