Three ex-council members nominated to Metro commissions

Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6:47pm

For three recently departed Metro Council members, public service is likely to continue in another form: sitting on various Metro commissions.

Mayor Karl Dean has nominated former council members Jim Forkum, Kristine LaLonde and Greg Adkins to fill openings on the Metro Historical Commission, Social Services Commission and Metro Planning Commission, respectively. The Metro Council is set to consider the appointments at its Tuesday meeting. 

Forkum and Adkins were term-limited from their former council seats. LaLonde opted against running during the council’s recent August and September election rounds. All three ex-council members were on board with most of the mayor’s initiatives.

In addition to nominating LaLonde to the social services board, Dean also named her chair of the Nashville Poverty Council, a citizen-led board created last year to help implement Nashville’s Poverty Reduction initiative.

“Kristine brings a great deal of passion and commitment to this initiative,” Dean said. 

Pending council approval, Adkins –– CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association –– is set to fill former commissioner Ana Escobar’s seat on the planning commission. Dean recently appointed Escobar as Metro clerk to replace Marilyn Swing, who retired.

Among other nominations, the mayor has nominated former at-large Metro Council candidate Renard Francois to Metro’s Social Services Commission. Despite raising a healthy sum of cash and aggressively running for the seat, Francois lost out to the council’s five at-large incumbent council members, who all won re-election.

5 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 10/17/11 at 8:59

All three ex-council members were on board with most of the mayor’s initiatives.
Just pay back, eh Karl?

By: govskeptic on 10/18/11 at 6:36

Passion for the Mayor's agenda will take you a long way in this City.
One objection will get you sent to the woodshed for re-education!
Hail to the Chief soon to be required by all High School bands.

By: global_citizen on 10/18/11 at 6:59

Dumb comment, bfra.

If you were the mayor would you appoint people who oppose your point of view or people who share your vision?

By: bfra on 10/18/11 at 3:15

Sure global, it's ok to use the office of mayor, to sway votes for your own ego boosting agendas, with promises of a piece of the pie later. Your thinking is what is wrong with gov. now!

By: breathofdeath on 10/18/11 at 4:46

This is just me, but I would rather appoint smart people who are capable of thinking for themselves and who I feel are qualified for and could do a good job in the position rather than someone whose lips are chapped from constantly kissing my rear end. But I'm not a pandering politician either. I'm just an average citizen who doesn't believe that common sense and government has to be mutually exclusive.