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is the incumbent vice mayor of the United States Metropolitan Government of Nashville
Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home...
and Davidson County
Davidson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2010, the population was 626,681. Its county seat is Nashville.In 1963, the City of Nashville and the Davidson County government merged, so the county government is now known as the "Metropolitan Government of Nashville and...
and the President of the Metropolitan Council of Davidson County
The Metropolitan Council is the legislative body of the consolidated city-county government of Nashville, Tennessee and Davidson County.The Council has 40 members, 35 of which are district council representatives, and five of which are council members at-large. If a member resigns or dies before...
. She was elected on August 2, 2007, and on August 23, she was sworn into office as the seventh vice mayor in Metro history and the first woman to hold the post.
Previously, Diane Neighbors had served as a Council Member at Large. During that time, she served on the Budget and Finance Committee; the Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee; and the Rules - Confirmations - Public Elections Committee. From October 1, 2004 until September 30, 2005, she was the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. She currently works as Director of Vanderbilt Child Care Centers and is the chairwoman of the Metro Social Services Commission. She holds a Doctorate of Education from Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1873, the university is named for shipping and rail magnate "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided Vanderbilt its initial $1 million endowment despite having never been to the...
Diane Neighbors co-sponsored a bill that would have relaxed restrictions on car washes. As Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, she suggested a budget alternative to Mayor Bill Purcell's that would have raised the property taxes by 67 cents, rather than the proposed 84-cent per $100 of assessed value hike. On the third reading, she voted in favor of the proposal for a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds
The Nashville Sounds are a minor league baseball team of the Pacific Coast League , and the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They are located in Nashville, Tennessee, and are named for the city's association with the music industry...
, which included provisions for hotels, condos, shops and other businesses on the land adjacent to the stadium.