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Resolution RS2019-138

A Resolution honoring the life of Bill Whitson.

WHEREAS, on November 29, 2019, Nashville and Davidson County lost a respected public servant in the passing of Bill Whitson; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson was a lifelong Tennessean and was born on August 3, 1929 in Hickman County; and

WHEREAS, his family moved to Nashville in the 1930s, where Bill Whitson joined the first ever first-grade class at the newly built Art Deco building now known as the Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson was a dedicated career public servant to the citizens of Nashville and Tennessee, and made lasting contributions during his 50 years of distinguished service; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson got his start with then-Davidson County Schools in 1954 after receiving a degree from Middle Tennessee State University and went on to help implement and usher in many policy and planning changes that lead the way for expansive growth in Middle Tennessee and throughout the state; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson served as Nashville’s director of purchasing and director of Water Services under Mayors Beverly Briley and Richard Fulton, and shepherded through a multi-million-dollar sewer infrastructure plan that was instrumental in extending sewers and water lines to part of the county outside old city lines; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson was a member of Governor Ned McWherter’s cabinet and handled the state General Services Commission, before leading the Nashville Farmers’ Market in 2006, serving as interim executive director of the Tennessee State Fair for three years, as well as serving as Metro’s Fair Board Director in 2004 and 2010; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson is fondly remembered as an all-around kind and genuine person with the upmost integrity and strength of character; and

WHEREAS, Bill Whitson is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren, as well as great-grandchildren, and will be deeply missed; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize and honor Bill Whitson’s innumerable contributions to Nashville and Tennessee, and his extraordinary career in public service.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council here by goes on record as honoring the life of Bill Whitson.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Kathleen Murphy, Jonathan Hall, Delishia Porterfield, Sandra Sepulveda, Ginny Welsch, John Rutherford, Thomas Cash, Joy Styles, Freddie O'Connell, Antoniette Lee, Larry Hagar, Angie Henderson, Zachary Young, Dave Rosenberg, Tonya Hancock, Bob Nash, Colby Sledge, Courtney Johnston, Nancy VanReece, Russ Pulley, Robert Swope, Thom Druffel, Brett Withers, Gloria Hausser, Steve Glover, Brandon Taylor, Burkley Allen, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Sean Parker, Erin Evans, Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford, Bob Mendes, Kevin Rhoten, Zulfat Suara, Jennifer Gamble, Kyonzté Toombs, Emily Benedict

Legislative History

Referred to:Rules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedDecember 17, 2019

AdoptedDecember 17, 2019

ApprovedDecember 20, 2019

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 12/20/2019 1:56 PM