Friday, February 15, 2008

Can Holleman Have it Both Ways?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Nashvillians know Jason Holleman as a Metro Council member who represents the 24th District, which includes the Sylvan Park neighborhood. He’s also an accomplished attorney who specializes in local government issues and has, in his words, represented “neighborhood groups and small communities.” In Mt. Juliet they know him by another title: city attorney. While no one on this side of the Davidson County line seems to care that Holleman serves two masters, some folks in Wilson County see conflict on the horizon. From Radio Free Mt. Juliet:
If there’s a fight over commuter rail funding, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on? If there’s a fight over the rates Nashville charges Mt. Juliet for sewer treatment, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on? If the City Commission and City Manager need legal advice in negotiating a legal contract with the City of Nashville, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on? If Nashville and Mt. Juliet get into a fight over where the Central Pike interchange will be located, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on?
Wilson County insiders that I’ve spoken with have very nice things to say about Holleman, but are genuinely concerned about the above issues. Are these concerns well founded or is his role in Metro government limited enough to render them moot?

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