Davidson Co. Election Commission elects new chairman, discusses new policies

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The first item that the Davidson County Election Commission tackled Friday was electing a new chairman.

Jim DeLanis will now take the place of Ron Buchanan, whose name still shows as the chairman on the election commission’s website.

Buchanan stepped down suddenly a little over a week ago after he called a female reporter a derogatory name, an incident he did not deny.

DeLanis takes the position after the city has also revoked the commission’s credit card privileges.

Ron Buchanan
Ron Buchanan (Photo: WKRN)

“We are going to take those issues very seriously, and we do,” DeLanis said.

The City is looking for any inappropriate charges on city credit cards, like business lunches.

Recently, election coordinator Kent Wall repaid about $200 to the commission for personal items that were purchased on a city card.

The commission is now looking into new policies to get those privileges back.

The meeting Friday was called to discuss changes to its credit card policies. Changes include mandatory training for any board members and staff that receive a credit card.

A cap on the price of business meals could also be put in to place and spending more than that set price would require board approval.

Board member Tricia Herzfeld told News 2 she supports more regulations.

“I think there needs to be very specific and stringent requirements as to when a meal would be appropriate. I can’t say that it would never would be, but at this point, there just doesn’t seem to be sufficient documentation to back some of those up,” she said.

Also on Friday, the commission also approved the election date to fill the Metro Council seat left vacant by Loniel Greene. The people of District 1 will vote to replace him on Aug. 4.

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