Mayor Karl Dean has filled two staff appointments inside the mayor’s office.
Dean on Monday tapped Billy Fields as the new director of the mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Laurel Creech as its chief service officer.
Fields, long affiliated with Metro government, had most recently worked as a special assistant to Metro Codes Director Terry Cobb. The Office of Neighborhoods –– which operates as a liaison between neighborhood groups and Metro –– had lacked a director since November when former neighborhoods czar Brady Banks resigned.
“Billy has been with the Office of Neighborhoods before,” Dean said. “He has immense experience and knowledge about our Metro government and the needs of Nashville’s neighborhoods.”
For the past 13 years, Creech has worked for Lightening 100. Most recently, she’s been director of the radio station’s outdoors club known as Team Green.
As the mayor’s chief service officer she’s tasked with developing and implementing a citywide strategy to increase volunteerism. A progress report on the plan is to be completed by December. The position –– new to the mayor’s office –– is funded through a grant awarded to Nashville by Cities of Service and the Rockefeller Foundation.
“Nashville was one of only 10 cities awarded this prestigious grant from the Rockefeller Foundation,” Dean said. “It is a huge honor to have this opportunity, and we have a lot of work ahead of us. Laurel has spent the last 10-plus years organizing community events and service projects through Team Green. I know she’s up for the task.”
The mayor’s office has welcomed several new faces of late.
Last week, Dean announced the creation of a new Office of Environment and Sustainability, appointing Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Bowles to serve as its director.