5 easy steps to apply for the MNPD Community Oversight Board

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The new Community Oversight Board needs 11 people, and here’s how you can be one of them.

Let’s assume you’re not one of the Mayor’s two appointees. Let’s also assume you’re not going to be one of the two appointments of the Metro Council. Seven spots remain open, and here’s how YOU can apply to oversee the MNPD on the Community Oversight Board:


Fill out & print this nominating form, with information about your self, and hang onto it, you’ll need it in a later step.


Print this petition, and have it signed by 50 people who live in Davidson County. There’s room for 72 names (you can add more pages if you want), but we strongly suggest at least getting the 72 provided in case someone is disqualified for not really living in the city, unable to be contacted to verify, etc. They do NOT have to be a registered voter, nor is there an age requirement. 50 signatures is the requirement, but there’s safety in numbers.


Decide if you’re a member of an economically distressed community. Where there is no strict definition of this, four of the members must define themselves as coming from such a community. Here’s a map that metro has developed with highlighted suggested areas. Take note of whether you’ll claim a member of an ‘economically distressed community’ or not. While the question isn’t on the current application, it WILL be asked on the questionnaire that you’ll receive in the mail after filing your petition.


Take your nominating form from the first step, and your petition of all signatures, and turn them into the Metro Clerk by December 18th, 2018, at 4:30 PM. Walk them up to the counter, and any clerk’s staff is enabled to accept them before the deadline. There’s easy parking underground for a quick drop-off. The address is:

Metropolitan Clerk’s Office
Historic Metropolitan Courthouse
1 Public Square, Suite 205
Nashville, Tennessee 37201


On the next day, December 19th, 2018, the Metro Clerk will mail a questionnaire to your address listed on your nomination form, which you will have to return by January 4th, 2019, at 4:30 PM. For convenience, the questionnaire will also be available on the Metro Clerk’s website on the same date, and may be returned via email to metro.clerk@nashville.gov


Your work is done. All nominees will show up at the Metro Council’s Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the Metropolitan Council chambers, located on the 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Historic Courthouse (time to be determined). Later that same evening, Metro Council will select and confirm the members of the new Community Oversight Board. This final meeting date could be changed, depending on the number of applicants.

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