Mayor Karl Dean has tapped local attorney Ana Escobar to replace outgoing Metro Clerk Marilyn Swing, who is retiring after a near 27-year run overseeing Metro’s record-keeping agency.
Pending Metro Council approval, Escobar will become the first Hispanic woman to head a Metro department.
“Marilyn’s commitment to Nashville is unparalleled, and she will be greatly missed,” Dean said in a statement. “Ana has a big role to fill, but I am confident that her impressive legal credentials will help her excel in this new position.”
Escobar, a criminal defense attorney at Escobar Law Group, graduated from Vanderbilt University and George Washington School of Law. She began her legal career in Nashville working in the Office of the Public Defender.
As Metro clerk, Escobar will sit directly under Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors during Metro Council meetings. Neighbors joined Dean while interviewing candidates for the position.
“Ana really impressed me during her interview. Her desire to serve our city was evident, and I look forward to working with her in the future,” Neighbors said.
Escobar is currently serving a Metro Planning Commission term that runs through 2014. Her acceptance to head the Metro Clerk’s Office will open up a slot on the nine-member commission.