NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Newly-elected Mayor Megan Barry addressed a largely-new Metro Council Tuesday night.
“As I said at our swearing-in, because it was our swearing-in on Sept. 25, I’m not going to govern alone,” Barry told the Council. “I look at all of you as strong allies in the progress we need to make for Nashville.”
Fresh faces make up the majority of the council, with about two thirds new to the office.
The new mayor and council will face critical issues moving forward, like affordable housing, education and transportation.
Many of the rookie council members say they’re looking forward to getting started.
“We’re not starting all over again,” said District 2 Council Member DeCosta Hastings. “We’re just picking up on the tracks to where the former council left us so that we can carry on the success and the growth of the city.”
“Nashville, it’s an exciting time,” District 34 Council Member Angie Henderson said. “But we are somewhat at a pivotal moment where our growth is really ramping up. So I think we just have to be very intentional and very proactive.”
One of the first actions the council took tonight was voting to approve the appointment of Jon Cooper as director of the Metro Department of Law. Cooper was the Metro Council’s attorney before the appointment.