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Davidson County residents vote to pass four amendments of Metro Nashville's charter

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As a result of Thursday's election night, Davidson County residents voted overwhelming to pass four amendments to Metro Nashville's charter that will allow the city's government to better serve people. 

“These important changes to Metro’s governing document will make our job providing critical services to residents more efficient and effective,” said Mayor John Cooper. “From eliminating outdated requirements on new police recruits to updating Metro Public Health Department’s operations to officially establishing the first ever Nashville Department of Transportation, this is how a growing city like Nashville adapts and meets the needs of citizens."

Council Member Angie Emery Henderson, Chair of Metro Council’s Charter Revision Committee adds, “I appreciate the voters affirming these important, practical changes and the Charter Revision Committee of the Council working over the last six months to bring them to the ballot."

The changes approved by voters are as follows:

  • Revising the Charter amendment process itself: Going forward, petitions to revise the Metro Charter must be signed by 10% of registered voters and returned within 90 days of certification.
  • Revising MNPD personnel requirements: This change eliminates military-based physical fitness requirements for new police officers and instead allows the Civil Service Commission to set fitness requirements. Also, the new language expands the current “U.S. citizenship” requirement to allow legal residents who have served honorably in the military to be MNPD officers, consistent with recent changes to State law.
  • Metro Health Department / Health Board administrative changes: The new language alters several administrative details regarding the Health Board, such as adding an additional member; updating members’ qualifications; moving certain functions from the Board to the Department; and eliminating the requirement that the Director of Health be a medical doctor.
  • Formal creation of the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multi-modal Infrastructure (NDOT): This change removes the Department of Public Works from the Charter and formally creates the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure (“NDOT”).

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