Searching for a Chief


There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected]

There are resolutions on public hearing, and we are meeting in person again tonight. You can join us, we'll be at the Music City Center.

You may have noticed that the Council Meeting agendas have changed slightly and the link to the current legislation looks different. We have transitioned to a new legislative programming that should make it easier for staff to update. It also should be helpful for you. The new programming shares more detail regarding each item of legislation. It displays the history of the bill, you can see how we voted and follow a bill easily from beginning to end. Please take advantage of this be programming, it will help you stay informed of how Metro is moving.

Trash and Recycling Day Changes

On November 2, Metro Public Works will be updating trash and recycling days. Click here to see if your area has any updated collection days. Not all areas will see a change, but I would encourage you to review the website to confirm.

Police Cheif Search

Nashville's new Police Cheif search has been narrowed down to five candidates. If you recall, Cheif Steve Anderson announced his retirement in June and the plan was for him to stay through October and play a big role in recruiting the next MNPD Cheif of Police. That all suddenly changed in August, and Cheif Anderson announced his retirement effective in early August. The five candidates are as follows... 

  • John Drake: Interim Chief of Police Drake has served Nashville as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department for 32 years. His previous positions include deputy chief for community supervision and commander of the Central Precinct.
  • Troy Gay: Assistant Chief Troy Gay is the chief of staff for the Austin Police Department. Assistant Chief Gay has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, including seven years of experience at the assistant chief level.
  • Darryl McSwain: Chief McSwain has served as the chief of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police for the past two years. Prior to that, he served as the assistant chief for field services for the police department of Montgomery County, Maryland — a jurisdiction of more than a million residents in the metropolitan Washington area.
  • Larry Scirotto: Scirotto is the former assistant chief of professional standards with the Pittsburgh Police Department, where he oversaw policy and program development, training and education, and internal investigations. Prior to that, he oversaw the Major Crimes Unit.
  • Kristen Ziman: Ziman serves as the Aurora Police Chief, overseeing the second-largest police department in Illinois. She joined APD in 1994 and became Aurora's first female police chief in 2016.

Join us on Halloween! 

You are invited to the Nashville North Collaborative's Fall Family Drive-In and Get Out The Vote Rally on October 31st at Ted Rhoades Soccer Fields in Metro Center.


What to expect tonight:

We have several Commission confirmations and a few Beer Board Resolutions on public hearing tonight. 

RS2020-527 - This is a resolution to direct $1.5M in CARES Act funding to JUMP and StreetWorx... I've spoken to the Executive Director of these organizations, and they would like to move in a different direction to ask for funding. I think they will work with the CARES Act committee for funding.

BL2020493 - On first reading, this is an ordinance to not allow large vehicles such as school buses, tow trucks, commercial buses, recreational vehicles, boats, and trailers, to park on any public streets and alleys. Many of you have asked about vehicles parked in the right-of-way similar to the vehicles describe in this legislation. I like this bill, and I have signed on as a co-sponsor.

Substitute BL2020-224 -Introduced by me... This bill will require landlords of residential property to provide a notice of an intent to list the property for sale. The current bill reads a 90-day notice, but we have amended the bill to 30-days notice. Check out this News Channel 5 story to learn more.

BL2020-455 - On second reading, this ordinance is to extend the beer permit for curbside delivery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

BL2020-456 - Similar to BL2020-224, this bill would require a time limit on the notice of a non-renewal of a rental lease. As written, landlords will have to give 90 days' notice to the tenant prior to not renewing the lease. The sponsor asked for a deferral in committee, so this will be deferred one meeting. 

BL2020-461 - This ordinance will approve the hire of a Cheif Diversity, Equity, and, Inclusion Officer in the Mayor's office and a Workforce Diversity Manager. 

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,



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