Metro’s 40 council members could soon convene inside chambers named after former Vice Mayor David Scobey.
At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard and several other council members who worked with Scobey over the years are set to introduce legislation that would honor the city’s longest serving vice mayor, having presided over the council from 1971 through 1995. Scobey died in 2008.
“David Scobey molded the council into what we are today,” Tygard said. “He was fair. He was firm. He knew the rules. He presented a great face to the Metro Council that I think has continued on through the rest of the vice mayors. We’re a better city for his leadership and contributions.”
Other bill sponsors, according to Tygard, include Edith Langster, Tim Garrett, Frank Harrison, Rip Ryman and Parker Toler.
Tygard had previously hoped to rename the downtown Public Square in honor of Scobey, but pulled those plans after it became unclear whether the council or the parks board has naming rights for the square.
As part of Tygard’s new plan, a picture of Scobey and plaque could be installed above where current Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors sits today.
“If you can envision where the vice mayor sits,” Tygard said, “you would have a picture and a plaque to one side or the other so that as you stare at the vice mayor you would see the ‘David Scobey Council Chambers.’”
Marilyn Swing, the council’s master municipal clerk, is Scobey’s daughter. Swing sits below Neighbors during meetings.
Tygard said the bill would go before the council on the first of three votes on Dec. 6.