Diane Neighbors

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Diane Neighbors is the incumbent vice mayor of the United States Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and the President of the Metropolitan Council of Davidson County. She was elected on August 2, 2007,[1] and on August 23, she was sworn into office as the seventh vice mayor in Metro history and the first woman to hold the post.[2]

Previously, Diane Neighbors had served as a Council Member at Large.[3] During that time, she served on the Budget and Finance Committee; the Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee; and the Rules - Confirmations - Public Elections Committee.[4] From October 1, 2004 until September 30, 2005, she was the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.[5] She currently works as Director of Vanderbilt Child Care Centers and is the chairwoman of the Metro Social Services Commission. She holds a Doctorate of Education from Vanderbilt University.[6]

Diane Neighbors co-sponsored a bill that would have relaxed restrictions on car washes.[7] As Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, she suggested a budget alternative to Mayor Bill Purcell's that would have raised the property taxes by 67 cents, rather than the proposed 84-cent per $100 of assessed value hike.[8] On the third reading, she voted in favor of the proposal for a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds,[9] which included provisions for hotels, condos, shops and other businesses on the land adjacent to the stadium.[10]


  1. ^ Whitehouse, Ken (2007-07-02). "Clement drops big money into television". Nashvillepost.com. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Gail (2007-08-23). "New vice mayor gets set for office". The Tennessean. 
  3. ^ "Nashville.gov - Metro Council - Council Roster". Archived from the original on April 29, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Nashville.gov - Metro Council Committees". Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2007. 
  5. ^ Boerner, Craig (2004-09-14). "Neighbors gets Council budget post". Nashville City Paper. 
  6. ^ "Nashville.gov - Metro Council - Vice Mayor and President Diane Neighbors:". Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  7. ^ Harless, Bill (2002-02-07). "Council defers Westin, car wash bills". Nashville City Paper. 
  8. ^ Boerner, Craig (2006-06-29). "Council cuts city budget". Nashville City Paper. 
  9. ^ "Sounds proposal vote breakdown". The Nashville City Post. 2006-02-08. 
  10. ^ "NewsChannel 5.com Nashville, Tennessee - Sounds Ballpark Proposal Up For Vote". Retrieved September 10, 2007.