CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Gary Norris, a long-time resident of Clarksville who has served in several community leadership positions, was elected Thursday to fill the vacant Ward 11 seat on the City Council.
The Council selected Norris from a field of five well-qualified candidates who applied and interviewed for the job at last week’s Council meeting. The other applicants were Jimmy Brown, Joseph Mora, Ben Moore and David Shelton. Mora withdrew before Thursday’s vote because of a work-related scheduling conflict.
The vacancy occurred when former Ward 11 Councilman Bill Powers, who was elected District 22 State Senator on April 23, resigned from the Council on May 1.
“I want to thank the Mayor and City Council for their support in putting me on the City Council,” Norris said. “I will work hard and do my best to represent Ward 11 and entire City of Clarksville.”
Norris, 327 Partridge Court, told the Council last week that he had lived in Ward 11 for 33 years and was interested in working on improved quality of life for residents, community planning and smart growth for the City.
Norris had served as chairman of the Regional Planning Commission for eight years, chairman of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Design Review Board. He also held board positions with the Homebuilders Association, Habitat for Humanity and at First Presbyterian Church.
The Clarksville City Charter sets out the application and voting process to fill the vacancy, which required a majority vote of the entire City Council.
Norris will serve until the next City election in November 2020. Since Powers was re-elected to a four-year term in 2018, voters in 2020 will choose a candidate to fill the seat until November 2022, for the remainder of the Ward 11 unexpired term.
Mayor Joe Pitts congratulates Ward 11 City Councilman Gary Norris after he took the oath of office Thursday night. With Norris is his wife, Joyce.