Nash. Mayor Cooper wants to use more Metro employees to enforce pandemic health orders

Sep 3, 2020

The Nashville City Council meeting via Zoom Sep. 1, 2020.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Nashville Council this week passed two ordinances allowing Mayor John Cooper to deputize any city employee to issue citations for violation of COVID-19 health orders.

Metro Legislative Affairs Director Mike Jameson told council members Tuesday night that the city’s Health Department is already straining to provide enforcement.

Jameson said as more businesses re-open in the coming months, the city will need more boots on the ground to enforce health orders.

Some council members expressed reservations. District 4 Council Member Robert Swope was the most vocal critic, describing the ordinances as “terryfiying” and “massive overreach.”

The measures passed on second reading. They will need to pass a third and final reading during the Sep. 15 meeting before becoming law.

You can review the proposed ordinances using the links provided below.