Proposed Metro charter amendments target NES, department heads

Monday, August 23, 2010 at 1:55pm

Heads of Metro departments and Nashville Electric Service administrators are targeted in half the charter amendments that could be added to the ballot for the upcoming November election.

The council’s Charter Revision Commission on Wednesday is set to weigh in on six charter amendment proposals that were filed over the past two years in anticipation of Election Day on Nov. 2. The commission will vote to either recommend approval or disapproval of the amendments to the council.

Highlighting potential charter amendments this election cycle is a proposal sponsored by Council members Rip Ryman and Charlie Tygard that would require directors and other top administrators of Metro departments to reside in Davidson County. Those who currently live outside of Metro would have 180 days to establish residency inside Davidson County if voters were to adopt the amendment.

Department heads are also the focus in a separate charter amendment proposed by Tygard that would give the Metro Council the authority to sign off on the salaries of all Metro department directors who are appointed by the mayor.

Meanwhile, a charter amendment proposal sponsored by Councilman Jim Gotto would give the council the authority to sign off on NES’ pay plan, which would include setting the salaries of NES administrators. Historically, NES executives are some of Metro’s highest paid employees.

It’s far from certain that Davidson County voters will get a chance to weigh in on any — let alone all — of these amendments.

To be added to the November ballot, a charter amendment proposal must first be approved by two-thirds of the council. Following this hurdle, charter amendments that enjoy 27 council votes would be combined into a single resolution, which would again need votes from two-thirds of the council to be tacked on to the ballot.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 7.

3 Comments on this post:

By: political1iam on 8/23/10 at 3:57

Gotto wants to play politics with NES for political patronage.His son must not have gotten a job there!
Old time politics at its worse!
Metro department heads should live in Davidson County as well as all Metro employees.
Reverse Bredesen and the unions dictates in the early 90's

By: bfra on 8/24/10 at 4:51

This should also include Metro Water Dept..

By: govskeptic on 8/24/10 at 5:19

I agree on all these amendments. The Liberals on the Council will
never allow this to get the needed votes. Betty Nixon lead the
NES Compensation Committee in giving out the extremely lucatrive
pay and benefit package to top management that they now enjoy!