The auditorium in Metro’s recently renovated Howard Office Building could soon be named after the city government’s longest tenured active employee.
Councilmen Parker Toler and Charlie Tygard have filed a resolution that would christen the new hall at the Second Avenue South Metro building in honor of Sonny West, Metro’s zoning administrator since 1986, who has worked for the city for 55 years.
The bill is up for the first of three votes on Tuesday.
West, long relied on by council members, media and others to get their zoning questions answered, is currently battling cancer. He recently underwent chemotherapy, according to Tygard.
“He’s spent hundreds of thousands of hours in that public hearing room at either planning commission or board of zoning appeal hearings,” Tygard said. “He has an aggressive form of cancer now. He’s waging a courageous battle.
“He’s literally a guy who will do anything in the world for you,” Tygard said of West. “He’s the nicest guy in the world, and I believe as honest and ethical as the day is long.”
Tygard also recently introduced an ordinance that would name the Metro Council chambers after former Vice Mayor David Scobey. That proposal is up for the final of three votes on Jan. 18.