Mayor Karl Dean announced Thursday the appointment of a citizens group to plan a nine-month-long celebration and public education campaign commemorating Metro government’s 50th anniversary.
Co-chairs include John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center and former editor and publisher of The Tennessean; George Cate, Metro’s first vice mayor; and state Sen. Thelma Harper.
Dean also appointed committee leaders to focus on different aspects of the celebration:
Activities will be scheduled around three key dates: June 28, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the successful referendum creating the Metro Charter; November 2012, the 50th anniversary of Metro’s first mayoral and run-off election; and April 1, 2013, the anniversary of the implementation of Metro Government.
Nashville’s consolidation in 1963 was the first true city-county consolidation in the country, although Miami-Dade County had merged part of their government services prior to then. Nashville-Davidson County became the pioneer and role model for future city-county consolidations.
According to the National League of Cities there are only 14 city-county consolidations in the country.