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Bill BL2020-189

An ordinance naming certain facilities at the Howard Office Building in honor of Charlie Cardwell.

WHEREAS, on May 13, 2019, Charles Edward (“Charlie”) Cardwell -- a beloved public servant and long-serving Metropolitan Trustee -- passed away following a brief illness at the age of 83; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Cardwell began his government career in 1958, working for the city of Nashville as a Junior Accountant; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Cardwell then served the newly-formed Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County as Auditor (1963-68), Assistant Chief Accountant (1968-74), Chief Accountant (1974-81), and eventually as Director of Finance (1981-88); and

WHEREAS, after period of service as Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Tennessee, Mr. Cardwell returned to Metro in 1993, when he was appointed Metropolitan Trustee for Davidson County -- a position to which he was repeatedly re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Cardwell was known as a consummate public servant, and was widely regarded for his humility, honesty, kindness, and dedication to public service; and

WHEREAS, Section 13.26.010 of the Metropolitan Code provides that no building or structure of the Metropolitan Government may be named except pursuant to an ordinance duly adopted by the Metropolitan County Council; and

WHEREAS, given the many years of dedicated and faithful service to the Metropolitan Government and the residents of Nashville and Davidson County, it is fitting and proper that certain facilities at the Howard Office Building be named in honor of Charlie Cardwell.


Section 1. That the garden breezeway between Howard Office Building and Nashville Children’s Theatre is hereby named “Charlie Cardwell Garden”.

Section 2. That Room 1945 inside Howard Office Building is hereby named “Charlie Cardwell Conference Room”.

Section 3. That the Department of General Service is directed to erect the proper signage at Howard Office Building to reflect the actions provided in this ordinance.

Section 4. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Freddie O'Connell, Burkley Allen, Zulfat Suara, Delishia Porterfield, Jeff Syracuse, Russ Bradford, Jennifer Gamble, Erin Evans, Kyonzté Toombs, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Jonathan Hall, Thom Druffel, Steve Glover, John Rutherford, Sharon Hurt, Joy Styles, Bob Mendes, Kathleen Murphy, Robert Swope, Antoniette Lee, Sean Parker, Angie Henderson, Brett Withers, Courtney Johnston, Nancy VanReece, Bob Nash, Tonya Hancock, Zachary Young, Thomas Cash, Colby Sledge, Ginny Welsch, Tanaka Vercher

Legislative History

IntroducedFebruary 18, 2020

Passed First ReadingFebruary 18, 2020

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

Passed Second ReadingMarch 5, 2020

Passed Third ReadingApril 7, 2020

Deferred to April 7, 2020March 17, 2020

ApprovedApril 8, 2020

By:Mayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 04/13/2020 11:57 AM