Rowland elected to lead the TML
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jun 24, 2014 | 803 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland became the first mayor in Tennessee Municipal League history to be elected to a second term during the annual conference today.

The organization has been around for 75 years.

The mayor officially accepted the position during a breakfast banquet at the Chattanooga Convention Center this morning.

The awards banquet was the final meeting of the annual conference that started Sunday.

In between meetings, Rowland’s wife, Sandra, sent an email to the Banner about the event.

According to the email, “Cleveland City Councilman David May, who served as first vice president, was scheduled to ascend to president, however stepped down due to business obligations.”

Representatives of more than 500 Tennessee cities select the president. Rowland was voted in unanimously after being presented by the nominating committee.

Rowland served as president of the organization in 2002.

City manager Janice Casteel will also serve on the TML board of directors in her role as president of Tennessee City Managers Association for one year.

Rowland also serves as vice chairman for the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund board and is a member of the Tennessee Risk Management Pool board. The two boards are a part of TML’s work.

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

The conference serves as a time for city government leaders from across the state to come together for informational sessions and networking. Topics this year included a mixed drink tax, annexation and wine in grocery stores. Risk leadership advice and other best practices were also addressed.

According to the TML website, “The league's primary function is to work with the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of city governments, promoting legislation helpful to cities, and opposing legislation harmful to cities.”

Details from the conference will be included in Wednesday’s edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.