Codes director to serve as business ombudsman

Veteran Metro official to take on extra work inside Mayor's ECD office

Mayor Karl Dean has added to the work duties of Terrence Cobb, longtime director of the Metro Department of Codes and Building Safety. Effective Feb. 1, Cobb will also be director of development services in the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development.

Cobb, a lifelong resident of Nashville and a former general contractor, was named codes director in 1990. The Mayor's Office said his new role will have him "assist and serve as an ombudsman to businesses, commercial property owners, developers, contractors and others as they navigate the construction and development processes across several Metro departments." Cobb also will review and tweak the city's permitting and other regulatory processes to be more friendly to business.

“Terry has a lot of common sense and knowledge from his 20-plus years as Metro Codes Director and his previous experience,” Dean said. “He knows how to get things done. I am confident in his ability to create an efficient process for our development community to make Nashville an even more business-friendly city.”

Cobb is a past president of several organizations, including the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Apartment Association and the Tennessee Building Officials Association. He is a senior life member of the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders and sits on the board of directors of the Southern Building Code Congress International.