Mayor’s nominees approved for Nashville’s Community Oversight Board

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Two candidates for Nashville’s new Community Oversight Board were confirmed at Tuesday night’s council meeting. 

Phyllis Hildreth and Bob Cooper were both nominated by Mayor David Briley, and said their main priority is transparency. 

Hildreth currently serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships at American Baptist College.

Cooper is a member of the Compliance and Government Investigations practice group at the law firm of Bass, Berry and Sims. He is also a former Tennessee Attorney General.

They were questioned together inside the Council Committee Room at the Downtown Historic Courthouse.

More: Mayor Briley announces his nominations for Community Oversight Board

Last November, voters passed a referendum to establish the Community Oversight Board, which will monitor the police department. 

A renewed push for community oversight was sparked after two deadly Metro Police shootings of Jocques Clemmons and Daniel Hambrick. 

182 people have been nominated for 11 seats on the Board. The remaining 9 board members will be named by the end of the month. 

The group called Oversight Now says they’ll evaluate nominees based on their commitment to transparency, their support for civil rights and equality, and their experience with policing issues.

More interviews will take place through Saturday afternoon. 

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