Katy Varney, chair of the five-member Metro Board of Fair Commissioners since April, has stepped down from the fair board.
Varney, a partner at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, said she sent a letter of resignation to Mayor Karl Dean’s office in January, informing his administration she would no longer be serving on the board.
Varney said she recently agreed to chair the board of the directors for the Nashville Public Library foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the city’s libraries. Time commitments wouldn’t allow her to chair both boards, she said.
“I have very strong and deep feelings for the library,” said Varney, a long-time board member of the library foundation. “It’s another great way to support my city.”
Varney’s departure creates an opening on a Metro board that entered the public spotlight following Dean’s first-term plans to redevelop the 117-acre Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Dean has since backed off those plans after Davidson County residents overwhelmingly voted for a Metro Charter amendment that would increase the required number of Metro Council votes needed to change the status quo at the fairgrounds.
Alex Joyce, vice chair of the fair board, will serve as acting chair until Dean’s administration nominates –– and the council appoints –– an individual to replace Varney.
The fair board would then be tasked with appointing a permanent chair.