David Briley sworn in as Nashville's eighth mayor - WSMV News 4

David Briley sworn in as Nashville's eighth mayor

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David Briley (Photo: Metro Council website) David Briley (Photo: Metro Council website)

David Briley was sworn in as the eighth mayor of Metropolitan Nashville on Tuesday evening.

The ceremony took place in the Metro Council Chambers where Briley had presided as Vice Mayor and President of the Metro Council since his election in August 2015.

Earlier Thursday, the new mayor retired from Bone McAllester Norton law firm, where he served as an attorney.

Briley will be taking office after the resignation on Tuesday morning by Megan Barry, which became effective at 5 p.m.

He is the grandson of Beverly Briley, the first mayor of the combined Metro Government from 1963-1975. Beverly Briley is the namesake of Briley Parkway, which circles most of Nashville.

He served as an at-large member of Metro Council from 1999-2007 and served on the Budget and Finance Committee, among others.

According to Briley’s Wikipedia page, he proposed citywide wireless in 2005. While the administration of Mayor Bill Purcell was not thrilled with the plan, the proposal contributed to the development of free wireless access at Davidson County’s public libraries as well as many parks, including Centennial Park.

He was also opposed to the proposed development of a new baseball stadium in downtown Nashville at the site of the current Ascend Amphitheater.

In 2007 he wrote legislation requiring government buildings in Nashville to be built within LEED certification requirements.

He is an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and has had a history of involvement with Metro Government.

His grandfather, Beverly Briley, was the first mayor of the Metropolitan Nashville government when it was established in 1963-1975. David Briley’s brother Rob served five terms as a state representative.

David Briley is married to Jodie Bell, also an attorney. They have one son, Sam.

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