Davidson County, Tennessee

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Davidson County is one of 95 counties in Tennessee. In 1963, the City of Nashville and the Davidson County government merged, so the county government is now known as the "Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County," or "Metro Nashville" for short. It is a member of the National Association of Counties, a government sector lobbying association.[1]

The 2010 census reported the population at 626,681 and the county seat is Nashville. Nashville became the capital in 1827, and gained permanent capital status in 1843.[2]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Tennessee county websites

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[3]
  • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes[4]Archived meetings</ref> Additionally, council meetings are available in webcast form.[5]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available, but not for every office listed[7]
  • Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available[8]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[9]
  • Bids are posted[10] , including approved contracts over $10,000[11]
  • Tax revenues are available[12] and tax rates are published[13]

The bad

  • Some administrative offices are missing some contact information.
  • A list of employed lobbyists and memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are not available.
  • A search of public records did not generate contacts, policies, or a central location for the information.
  • Includes information on requesting public records, but the link to the request form doesn't work.[14]
  • Has list of registered lobbyists[15], but does not disclose if county belongs to government sector lobbying associations.

Council members

Council member can collect health benefits for life after serving two terms, and taxpayers have spent $400,000 on health benefits in 2010.[16]

Elected Officials & Salaries

Name Title Salary
Karl Dean Mayor $136,500
Diane Neighbors Vice Mayor and Council President $17,000
Megan Barry Councilmember At-Large $15,000
Ronnie Steine Councilmember At-Large Unavailable
Tim Garrett Councilmember At-Large $15,000
Charlie Tygard Councilmember At-Large $15,000
Jerry Maynard Councilmember At-Large $15,000
Lonnell Matthews, Jr. Councilmember $15,000
Frank Harrison Councilmember $15,000
Walter Hunt Councilmember $15,000
Brady Banks Councilmember Unavailable as Councilmember
Scott Davis Councilmember Unavailable
Peter Westerholm Councilmember Unavailable
Anthony Davis Councilmember Unavailable
Karen Bennett Councilmember $15,000
Bill Pridemore Councilmember Unavailable as Councilmember
Doug Pardue Councilmember Unavailable as Councilmember
Darren Jernigan Councilmember $15,000
Steve Glover Councilmember Unavailable
Josh Stites Councilmember Unavailable
Bruce Stanley Councilmember Unavailable
Phil Claiborne Councilmember $15,000
Tony Tenpenny Councilmember Unavailable
Sandra Moore Councilmember $15,000
Burkley Allen Councilmember Unavailable
Erica Gilmore Councilmember $15,000
Buddy Baker Councilmember Unavailable
Edith Langster Councilmember $15,000
Sheri Weiner Councilmember Unavailable
Emily Evans Councilmember $15,000
Jason Holleman Councilmember $15,000
Sean McGuire Councilmember $15,000
Chris Harmon Councilmember Unavailable
Davette Blalock Councilmember Unavailable
Duane Dominy Councilmember $15,000
Karen Johnson Councilmember Unavailable
Jason Potts Councilmember Unavailable
Fabian Bedne Councilmember Unavailable
Jacobia Dowell Councilmember Unavailable
Robert Duvall Councilmember $15,000
Carter Todd Councilmember $15,000
Bo Mitchell Councilmember $15,000

Salary information obtained from the Tennessean, and includes pay and overtime pay Nashville officials received from May 1, 2007 to May 1, 2008.[17]

Administrative Officials & Salaries

Name Title Salary
George Rooker, Jr. Assessor of Property $98,944
Richard Rooker Circuit Court Clerk $120,114
Lovette Curry Community Education Executive Director Unavailable
John Arriola County Clerk $109,922
Daron Hall Sheriff Unavailable
Victor Johnson III District Attorney General $7,500 (E)
Matt Wilshire Director Economic and Community Development Unavailable
Richard Reibeling Finance Director $150,000
Stephen Halford Fire Chief $157,486
Nancy Whittemore Director General Services $127,330
Robin Brown Assistant Director of Human Resources Unavailable
Tommy Lynch Metro Parks Director $102,500
Steve Anderson Chief of Police Unavailable

Salary information obtained from the Tennessean, and includes pay and overtime pay Nashville officials received from May 1, 2007 to May 1, 2008.[18]


For FY 2012, the total budget is $1,582,248,300, a 3.8% increase from the FY11 approved budget. Departmental budget reductions ranged from 0-3%, and overall the reduction is $5 million (1%).

The largest expenditure is education (42%), followed by public safety (23%), general government (13%), infrastructure and transportation (5%), health and social services (5%), recreation and culture (4%) and other (2%).[19]


The city of Nashville, the Davidson County seat, received $1,894,912, 841.21 ($1.8 billion) in federal stimulus funds in 306 grants and 15 contracts.[20]

Local taxes

Property taxes account for 50% of total revenue, followed by grants and contributions (20%), local option sales tax (17%) other revenues (12%) and fund balance (1%).

City In the News

  • In March 2012, Tennessee received a “C” in the State Integrity Investigation, a report that analyzes state governments’ accountability and risk for corruption. Even with the average grade, TN ranks #8 in the nation and is cited for establishing an ethics commission six years ago, although that commission has not yet issued a single ethics penalty and complaints are not made available to the public.[21]
  • In June 2011, Metropolitan Nashville Police Officer Richard Wilson was indicted by a federal grand jury for corruptly soliciting, demanding and accepting cash in connection with transactions relating to duties as a police officer, attempting to distribute cocaine, and money laundering. According to the indictment, Wilson also committed federal program fraud.[22]
  • In September 2008, former Tennessee State Senator, John Ford, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on federal charges of wire fraud and failing to report more than $800,000 in payments from state contractors. Ford was found guilty of two charges of wire fraud and four charges of making false statements on official documents. Ford was already serving a 5 ½ year federal sentence on an unrelated bribery conviction.[23]

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