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William B. Herbert IV Named Metro Codes Director

Judith Byrd (615) 862-6461

Mayor David Briley announced today that William B. Herbert IV has been selected to serve in the position of director of the Department of Codes and Building Safety with immediate effect. Herbert succeeds 28-year director Terry Cobb who retired last month as the city's longest-serving department head.

"Bill has done an outstanding job as zoning administrator and I am confident in his ability to direct and manage the department. We conducted a very broad search and interviewed a number of highly qualified professionals. Bill brings leadership and years of experience to the role and is the perfect choice to head the department," said Mayor Briley.

Herbert had been serving as Metropolitan Zoning Administrator with the department since 2012 and previously practiced land use and municipal and county law with Johnson & Herbert. He has also served as county attorney in Cheatham County and was senior attorney in the Metro Department of Law from 2003 to 2007.

A life-long Nashvillian, Herbert's love for building and architecture runs deep. His family moved to Nashville in the late 1700's and made brick. In fact, Herbert family brick can be found in most of the older buildings downtown, including the Ryman.

"I am grateful to serve the city as Codes director and am honored to be part of Mayor Briley's team to preserve our past and plan for our future. Providing safe communities is my priority as we work together to maintain and appropriately develop our great neighborhoods," said Herbert.

Herbert is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and Auburn University, and he earned his law degree from the Samford Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.