Taking the reins of TML: Rowland new president; Casteel on board
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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CLEVELAND Mayor Tom Rowland, left, presents a plaque of appreciation to outgoing Tennessee Municipal League President Dale Kelley, who serves as the mayor of the city of Huntingdon in West Tennessee. Rowland, who has previously served as TML president, was elected to another term due to a decision by Cleveland City Councilman David May not to accept the presidency because of business obligations. May had been working his way through the ranks to eventually become TML president. Contributed photo
CLEVELAND Mayor Tom Rowland, left, presents a plaque of appreciation to outgoing Tennessee Municipal League President Dale Kelley, who serves as the mayor of the city of Huntingdon in West Tennessee. Rowland, who has previously served as TML president, was elected to another term due to a decision by Cleveland City Councilman David May not to accept the presidency because of business obligations. May had been working his way through the ranks to eventually become TML president. Contributed photo
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CLEVELAND CITY MANAGER Janice Casteel and Mayor Tom Rowland were installed as Tennessee Municipal League officers during a meeting Tuesday.  Submitted photo
CLEVELAND CITY MANAGER Janice Casteel and Mayor Tom Rowland were installed as Tennessee Municipal League officers during a meeting Tuesday. Submitted photo
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Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and Janice Casteel, city manager, will serve on the Tennessee Municipal League board of directors this year.

Rowland’s election as the new TML president came as a surprise to him.

He knew he was being nominated at the annual conference, but was uncertain of the outcome.

“Accepting this office is bittersweet as Councilman David May has really worked hard to move up through the vice president positions and was slated to become president this year,” Rowland said. “Due to his business obligations, he decided not to accept. The election on Monday came as a surprise to me, from the recommendation of the nominating committee and voting by the entire membership. I look forward to working with over 500 cities and towns across Tennessee and the new TML board of directors to work toward better and stronger cities.”

The election was made during the 75th annual meeting of TML at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Rowland officially accepted the position Tuesday.

This will be Rowland’s second term, as he holds the honor of the only mayor to be elected to the position twice.

“I was elected president in 2002, and really enjoyed the connections between Cleveland and the other cities in the state. I jokingly told those in attendance Tuesday morning that in 2002 I had a year to write an acceptance speech, but only a few hours this time,” Rowland said. “I am extremely proud that the peers of Janice Casteel elected her president of the Tennessee City Managers Association. That’s a big honor for Janice and Cleveland. Those attending the 75th annual meeting of the TML gained a lot of insight from the many quality speakers and presenters at the meeting.”

Rowland will serve a one-year term.

Rowland also serves as vice chairman for the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund board and is a member of the Tennessee Risk Management Pool board. Both boards are a part of TML services to state municipalities.

Rowland’s historic second term comes at the end of Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley’s term.

Casteel’s election to president of TCMA is a one-year term.

“I appreciate our City Council allowing me to serve,” Casteel said.

As president of TMCA, Casteel will also serve on the TML board of directors. She said she has served on the board for TMCA in the past, holding different positions until she rose to the position of president. However, she was unsure what her work with the TML board will be like, since she has not served on this board.

“The great thing about serving on either one of these boards is the exposure to the other cities. For the TCMA board, I will be attending national conference and will be exposed to even more education and sessions, than I am with TCMA. I’m excited about that,” Casteel said.

Casteel has also served as president for the Municipal Clerks Association.

She said while serving in that position she attended a national conference session about consent agendas. Information from th3 session was used to implement the consent agenda which is a part of every Cleveland City Council voting session. The consent agenda allows the Council to approve a list of multiple motions with one vote.

She said she is interested in seeing how city governments in other states operate and deliver services as part of her time as president of TCMA.