Nashville Mayor John Cooper creates government transparency task force

Mayor John Cooper created a task force responsible for reviewing city practices on ethics and government transparency, according to an Oct. 22 news release.

The eight-person task force, chaired by Nashville-based attorney William L. Harbison, will review Metro Nashville policies related to ethics; conflicts of interest; contracting and procurement; political contributions; and permitted political activities by city employees, contractors, and members of boards and commissions, according to the release.

The group is also tasked with reviewing the city’s open meeting and public records policies.

In the announcement, Cooper said he has directed the task force to explore the need for an independent inspector general to work with Metro Nashville as well as the office of internal audit in fraud identification and prevention. The task force is expected to make its recommendations within 90 business days, according to the release.

The task force includes the following members:

Chair William L. Harbison—member, Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
Audrey J. Anderson—counsel, Bass, Berry & Sims; former vice chancellor, general counsel and university secretary, Vanderbilt University
Martha Boyd—attorney, Baker Donelson
Alex Coure—businessman; co-chair, Nashville NAACP economic development committee
Forrest Harris—president, American Baptist College; professor, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
William C. Koch Jr.—former justice, Tennessee Supreme Court; president and dean, Nashville School of Law
Don Majors—former metro council member; co-chair, Nashville NAACP economic development committee
Ron C. Snitker—executive director of financial services, Waller Lansden
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