TML Board Approves Proposal for By-Law Revisions

The Tennessee Municipal League (TML) Board of Directors met on March 14 in conjunction with its annual Legislative Conference in Nashville, and acted upon a number of proposed board and by-law changes that aims to take effect in July. The proposed changes are some of the most significant in the League’s history, aimed at fostering a more engaged, dynamic and inclusive board advocating on behalf of the state’s cities.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our board members,” said Franklin Mayor and TML President Dr. Ken Moore speaking of the proposed changes.  “We not only continue to modernize our organization, but we’re creating more opportunities for municipal officials to get involved. That’s great for our organization, and it’s great for Tennessee.”

The proposed changes will be incorporated into by-law revisions that will be brought before the board and a special called membership meeting on June 9 in Nashville.

The proposal includes reducing the overall size of the board from its current 35 members to 23, adding term limits to all board positions, and ensuring diversity of the board along the lines of race, gender, geographical and city population. The proposal also includes the creation of a Past President’s Council that will support the League’s mission in the areas of mentoring new officials, fundraising, testifying before state and federal legislative hearings, and public speaking engagements.

“One of this organization’s greatest assets is its past presidents – their passion, knowledge and advocacy. The Past President’s Council will help ensure we take full advantage of this special group of municipal leaders,” said Anthony Haynes, TML executive director.

Last year, TML took steps to foster greater local awareness with its call for nominations and board elections. “Our efforts to promote greater awareness of our nominations and board elections process were so well received. We are pleased that so many people want to be part of this great organization,” said Haynes.

The board also adopted a new conflict of interest policy and received an update on its recently created grassroots policy process that will kick-off in May.