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Mayor Megan Barry Announces Permanent Director for Metro Public Works


Mayor Megan Barry announced today that Mark Sturtevant has been named Director for the Metro Public Works Department. Sturtevant has been Interim Director since August 2016. His appointment follows a Human Resources-led national search process which saw multiple qualified candidates interviewed for the position.

Mark Sturtevant

“As Nashville continues to grow, we need a strong and robust Public Works department that can meet the needs of our residents and build the infrastructure necessary to grow without gridlock,” said Mayor Barry. “Mark Sturtevant has done a terrific job of leading MPW as interim-director while we’ve been developing a comprehensive transportation plan to tackle our traffic problems and grow into the city Nashville wants to be. We interviewed multiple candidates for this position, and he was clearly the best person to lead this department which is so vital to maintaining and improving our quality of life.”

Sturtevant has played a key role in Metro government for more than 20 years. In 2015, after Mayor Barry took office, she appointed Sturtevant to the Director of Infrastructure position in her office. In the summer of 2016, he became interim director at Metro Public Works and began overseeing day-to-day operations. Since joining Public Works, Sturtevant has focused on communicating more frequently with council members and the public, improving organizational effectiveness, forming a new Metro Division of Transportation in partnership with MTA and Planning, playing a key role in the development of the Let’s Move Nashville Transit Improvement Plan, and many other solid waste and recycling initiatives.

Prior to that, he served as chief development officer for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, where he developed and planned for new transit projects, and helped launch a major update to MTA/RTA’s Strategic Master Plan (nMotion). He held lead project management roles for the construction of major municipal landmarks such as the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena, and NISSAN Stadium. He has over three decades of experience in both public and commercial development, and has also held prior roles with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency and the Metropolitan Historical Commission.

“I am extremely grateful that Mayor Barry has chosen me for this position. Her leadership and vision for Nashville, coupled with her vision for future growth and infrastructure, is what keeps me and my team going each day,” said Sturtevant. “The Metro Public Works team is the most hard-working and loyal staff and I appreciate them welcoming me over a year ago, as well as always getting the job done.  I couldn’t have gotten to this point without each and every one of them.”