Dean names new education advisor, taps department head for Mayor's Office post

Friday, January 13, 2012 at 3:54pm

Mayor Karl Dean announced two staff appointments Friday, naming a new education advisor and tapping a longtime Metro department head to serve an additional role in the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development.

Wendy Tucker, a co-director of the Special Education Advocacy Center, has been named Dean’s new senior adviser on education. Tucker is set to begin her new Mayor’s Office position on Jan. 17.

Dean also announced Terry Cobb, director of the Metro Codes department, will assume additional duties as the new director of Development Services. In this role, Cobb will work in the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development, led by Matt Wiltshire. Cobb’s first day is Feb. 1. 

Tucker, an attorney, has been assigned to concentrate on school reform and special education. As Dean’s new senior education advisor, Tucker replaces Danielle Mezera, who in November took a job at the Tennessee Department of Education.

In previous years, Tucker co-chaired the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Special Education.

“Wendy is the right person to help move public education in Nashville forward,” Dean said in a statement.

As director of development services, Cobb will assist and serve as an ombudsman to business, commercial property owners, developers, contractors and others as they navigate the construction and development process through Metro departments, according to a Mayor’s Office press release.

“Terry has a lot of common sense and knowledge from his 20-plus years as Metro Codes director and his previous experience as a licensed general contractor,” Dean said. “He knows how to get things done.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: asdfgh on 1/14/12 at 9:12

Those that cannot teach, legislate.

By: JayBee56 on 1/15/12 at 12:23

Cobb knows his stuff. How sad that we have to appoint someone because Metro departments are so difficult to work with. Better idea is to streamline Metro, including the endless bureaucracy. That would certainly be innovative.

By: political1iam on 1/16/12 at 2:54

Cobb is a good appointment!
Hopefully he will be given enough authority to do the job.

By: ACitizen on 1/17/12 at 12:02

A Citizen
Metro Departments aren't difficult to work with. One just has to know how to do it.
And you don't do it by assuming that they are all flunkies there to serve you. In other words, arrogance is not appreciated or responded to in a positive manner.

By: spooky24 on 1/17/12 at 5:00

Lets just see how big you can expand the government. Why not create a 'Division of Worthlessness'?-any one of these flunks can do-even you Mr. Mayor-sorry I meant Herr Dean.


By: Moonglow1 on 1/17/12 at 10:39

Moonglow1: the reason why government is costly is because it outsources programs to private enterprise. That is the cause of the high dollars whether it be local government or on the national level. The mantra is that private enterprise can do the job more efficiently and cost effectively. Really, I wonder whose pockets absorbed all of the suitcases full of cash (taxpayer money) in Iraq? Halliburton? Blackwater? others?

So this idea that one should not expand government is false. I would rather have bureaucrats in charge than a CEO of a public company that is accountable to no one. They should be accountable to the shareholders, but they are not. Actually, some CEOs have such generous severance packages that it is better for them to not perform and get canned. That way, they can receive a lifetime benefit. Who pays?

You pay? In higher cost of the products we are encouraged to consume. Nothing is free. So be careful about bashing government workers.

Also, I hope this new education advisor will champion public schools and not give public funding to what should be privately funded charter schools.