Dean chooses Bridgestone Americas president to be next Metro Law director

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 1:24pm
Staff reports

Mayor Karl Dean named Saul Solomon as new Metro Director of Law Monday.

Solomon is the current president of Bridgestone Americas Latin American Operations and is scheduled to start as law director on Feb. 1, replacing the previous director Sue Cain who retired in August.

“Saul brings unique legal and business experience to this position, and the city is sure to benefit,” Dean said. “I have known Saul since we worked together in the Public Defender’s Office, and I have both personal and professional respect for him. I am confident in his ability to supervise and direct all of the city’s legal work and am honored to have him join Metro government.”

Solomon has been with Bridgestone Americas in Nashville for 18 years, serving as president of the North America Commercial Tire Division, president of Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, vice president and general counsel of Bridgestone Americas and vice president of labor relations. He started at Bridgestone Americas’ Nashville office in 1993 as corporate and international general counsel.

Solomon previously worked as a senior counsel at Northern Telecom and Equicor in Nashville and served as an assistant public defender for Metro from 1985 to 1988. He began his law career as an associate at Seward and Kissel in New York City. Solomon received his law degree from the University of North Carolina and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Mike Safley, the deputy director of Law, has served as the interim director. Solomon’s appointment must be confirmed by the Metro Council and is on the agenda for the Jan. 17 meeting.