Mayor Megan Barry, Vice Mayor David Briley and Metro Council Take Office Following Inauguration Ceremony
Sean Braisted, (615) 200-8693
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 25, 2015) – Megan Barry was sworn into office today as the seventh mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, along with Vice Mayor David Briley and 40 members of the Metro Council. Barry's inauguration marks a milestone for the city of Nashville, as she is the first woman and first Metro Council member to serve as mayor.
In her inaugural remarks, Barry spoke of engaging the Metro Council and Nashville residents in the governing process.
“While we are different as individuals, together we make Nashville a vibrant city that is the envy of a nation,” said Barry. “My No. 1 priority is to have a mayor's office that has an unprecedented level of community engagement in order to tap into the collective knowledge and wisdom of our diverse city.”
While acknowledging that we have a strong foundation to build upon, Barry also spoke to the challenges we face as a city. The issues she addressed were improving the quality of our public schools, tackling our traffic and transportation problems, preserving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and ensuring that Nashville remains an affordable place to live.
“The future is bright because we are building on a strong foundation, but we still have challenges before us,” said Barry. “I believe that, working together, we can successfully address these challenges, that we can make Nashville a better place for all.”
The inaugural ceremony highlighted many of the local artists who make Nashville so distinct. The Stratford STEM Magnet High School Band opened up the ceremony. Musical interludes were performed by Nashville in Harmony, Tennessee's first and only musical organization created specifically for the LGBT and Ally community, The Temple Church Choir, and nationally renowned Americana artists Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. The Reverend Lawrence Thomison of The Temple Church sang the national anthem.
In addition to musical performances, Girl Scout Troop #654 led the audience in the pledge of allegiance, while Youth Poet Laureate Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay provided a reading of her original poem, “The Chair.” The Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings of the New Covenant Christian Church provided the invocation, and Rabbi Joshua Kullock of West End Synagogue offered the benediction.
Photos credit: Metro Photographer