Metro Courthouse, Nashville, TN 37201
On September 21, 1999, Bill Purcell became the fifth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County since its formation in 1963. The priorities articulated by Purcell during his mayoral campaign and affirmed by the electorate stressed the importance of good schools in every neighborhood, safe neighborhoods in every part of the city, and a quality of life shared by all Nashvillians.
In his first public acts as mayor, Purcell renewed the city's ethics policy and established two new offices within the office of mayor - an Office of Neighborhoods and an Office of Economic and Community Development to help ensure that the economic blessings of the city are equally shared throughout it.
Mayor Purcell first entered public service in 1986 when he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives. A former House Majority Leader and former Chair of the Select Committee on Children and Youth, Purcell's efforts in the legislature put him at the forefront of a host of reforms in education, criminal sentencing, health care, and workers compensation. During his tenure in the leadership, Tennessee was twice ranked the "best managed state" in the country. The state also earned distinction at that time as the lowest taxed state in America.
After serving five terms, Purcell left the legislature to devote more attention to issues affecting families and children. Most recently, Purcell served as director of the Child and Family Policy Center at the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies (VIPPS), a nationally recognized center building a bridge between academic research, politics and best practice to benefit children and their families.
Mayor Purcell, his wife Debbie Miller, and their daughter Jesse - an 8th grade student at Meigs Magnet School - live in the historic Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville. An attorney by profession, Purcell received his law degree from Vanderbilt University.
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