Mayor creates long-term flood recovery team

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:22pm
Staff reports

Mayor Karl Dean on Friday announced the creation of a recovery team that will help lead the administration’s long-term flood-related recovery efforts in the months ahead.

Team members, who will manage different flood-related issues, include both Metro officials and people outside government.

• Jennifer Gilligan Cole, director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, will oversee human services. Cole is the former executive director of Hands on Nashville, the nonprofit agency leading volunteer efforts after Nashville’s historic flood.

• Curt Garrigan, assistant director of Metro parks, will oversee infrastructure and planning. Garrigan served as deputy mayor during Mayor Bill Purcell’s administration.

• Talia Lomax-O’Neal, assistant director of Metro finance at the Office of Management and Budget, will oversee finance.

• Billy Fields, director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, will oversee neighborhood and community affairs. New to his job last month, Fields most recently worked as special assistant to Metro Codes Director Terry Cobb.

• Loretta Owens, executive director of The Housing Fund, will oversee housing. The Housing Fund is a Nashville-based nonprofit that seeks to finance affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects.

• Doug Sloan, an attorney with the Metro Department of law, will oversee legal issues.