Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors on Wednesday announced the appointment of new Metro Council committee chairs, headlined by At-large Councilwoman Megan Barry, who will chair the high-ranking Budget and Finance Committee.
At-large Councilman Ronnie Steine had chaired the Budget and Finance Committee for the past year.
One of the first major issues likely to go before the Budget and Finance Committee, now chaired by Barry, is a proposed public-private financing package for a new convention center hotel. Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling has previously said an ordinance involving a hotel to accompany Music City Center could be delivered to the council by Labor Day.
Council chairs are subject to change each year, with the exception of the Planning and Zoning Committee and the Traffic and Parking Committee, which are elected by the council to two-year terms.
Other newly appointed council chairs, set to begin their posts on Sept. 1, are:
Randy Foster, Charter Revision Committee
Vivian Wilhoite, Codes, Fair and Farmers Market Committee
Rip Ryman, Convention and Tourism Committee
Erica Gilmore, Education Committee
Frank Harrison, Federal Grants Review Committee
Jim Forkum, Health, Hospitals and Social Services Committee
Jerry Maynard, Parks, Library, and Recreation and Public Entertainment Facility Committee
Parker Toler, Personnel-Public Information-Human Relations-Housing Committee
Edith Langer, Public Safety-Beer and Regulated Beverages Committee
Jim Hodge, Public Works Committee
Greg Adkins, Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee
Anna Page, Transportation and Aviation Committee
The next meeting Sept. 1.