Phillips, who served as deputy mayor for seven years under former mayor Bill Purcell, will act as a senior adviser to Cooper as well as manage staff in the Mayor's Office, according to a news release.
“I look forward to once again serving the city I love so dearly,” Phillips said in the release. “While I’m fond of the many experiences I’ve had in state and federal government, it’s the time I spent at City Hall that has been the most meaningful. Nashville is fortunate to have experienced such tremendous growth since my previous tenure as deputy mayor. We’re going to make sure that everyone in our city shares in its continued growth through hard work and the efficient use of our talent and resources.”
Phillips previously held positions in the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush and served as chief of staff for the Republican National Committee. He also became the associate vice chancellor for university relations at Vanderbilt University in 1994 after completing a fellowship at the university's First Amendment Center.