Longtime Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell passes away at 83

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Charlie Cardwell who served as a Davidson County Trustee for 26 years, passed away Monday. 

Cardwell was the longest serving Metro Government employee. He was first appointed as a Trustee in 1993 and went on to serve 6 four-year terms.

As Trustee, Cardwell introduced new tax accounting and tax relief programs for Metro residents during his tenure.

He also served as Deputy Mayor under Governor Ned McWherter. 

Cardwell took community service to heart. He volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club, the Heart Association, United Way, Rotary Club, and the Bethlehem Center

Mayor Briley ordered flags lowered to half staff through sunset Thursday and said, “The Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge will be lit blue in Charlie’s honor.”   The mayor also released this statement:

It’s strange to imagine Metro government without Charlie Cardwell, who has helped lead our city forward for 60 years. Charlie’s steady presence and keen mind for finance have been constants in Nashville’s progress, and not many people could match his devotion to the city and its institutions. My condolences go out to Charlie’s family. Nashville will miss him dearly.

Chief William Swann, Director of the Nashville Fire Department also sent a statement: 

“This is a sad day for Davidson County as we mourn the loss of Charlie Cardwell. He dedicated more than 26 years to the people of Nashville as our Trustee. Personally he was always supportive of me and the Nashville Fire Department. We join with his family, friends and colleagues who will miss this true public servant.”

Statement from Register of Deeds Karen Johnson: 

Metro Davidson County has lost a giant, and I have lost a wise counsel and dear friend.
Charlie Cardwell set the standard for character, brilliance, and ethics, both in public office and as a family man. His only desire was to serve the people of Nashville, and he did so with honesty and commitment and always willingly shared his knowledge.
We will not see another public servant and gentleman like Charlie Cardwell. His service is unmatched.

Vivian Wilhoite, Assessor or Property shares this about Cardwell:

Charlie Cardwell was a gentle, soft-spoken giant of a gentleman. He was my colleague who I highly respected for his kindness and tireless public service. Charlie was a dedicated and true servant leader and a perfectionist of a dresser. Charlie will be missed, and his legacy will long be remembered.

Daron Hal, Davidson County Sheriffl:

It’s with incredible sadness I learned of Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell’s passing today. He was a true public servant and, even more importantly, a wonderful person. A dedicated elected official and loyal to all those lucky enough to call him “friend.” Charlie will be greatly missed.

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