Outspoken Metro Nashville Councilman Steve Glover of District 12, no friend of Mayor David Briley, will run for an at-large seat on the council, NewsChannel 5 said.
He made the announcement at the firefighter’s union hall Monday, NewsChannel 5 said.
Glover’s council webpage says he lives in Hermitage and is agent/owner of Glover Benefit Group and president of The Retirement Solution Show Inc.
Glover told The Tennessee Star last September that Briley threatens many of his colleagues on the Metro Nashville Council. The Briley administration tells council members that he will not support projects in their districts unless they support him, Glover said.
Glover has spoken out against Briley, including the way he planned for the Major League Soccer stadium.
“They should never be threatened by anyone in the executive branch because they were elected to represent their constituents,” he said.
Glover, a Republican, said he would not run for mayor because too many Nashville voters are Democrats.
Last month, Glover asked for an audit of the city’s personnel practices, the WSMV News4 I-team said.
The station determined that the list of candidates who were qualified for Nashville’s fire chief was abruptly thrown out five days before the new chief, William Swann, was selected. He was not on the terminated list which was put together in 2016-2017. The station said the order to cut the list came from former Mayor Megan Barry.
Also, Swann would not have been allowed to apply because he did not have a bachelor’s degree then, the station said.
Glover also in January questioned the city’s use of incentives for corporations and affordable housing, The Star said.
He pointed out the city is broke and said that taking money out of the operations budget is “a double-edged sword.”
And, prior to the formation of the police oversight board, he warned that such a move may drive officers out of Nashville, The Star reported.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.