Mike Byrd offers a good critique of the “task force” orientation of Mayor Karl Dean. Check it out:
While reporter Garrison provides no warrant for the claim that the task force has created community buy-in (other than a comparison with a city where an unpopular mayor operates without task forces), lets assume for a second that there is evidence to support. The task forces do not bubble up from the grassroots leadership in Nashville. They are hand-picked by the Mayor’s Office. They seem to function more like a House of Lords (to the Metro Council’s House of Commons), an upper house of unelected specialists on favorable terms with the courthouse class.