Aldermen Jason Cole and Calvin Jones were officially sworn in Tuesday night at the La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. It was an especially meaningful night for Jones, as he was sworn in as the first African-American to be elected as Alderman (He was appointed Alderman in 2014 to fill a vacant seat that the current Mayor held.)
Jones credits his achievements as appointed Alderman over the past 2 years as to why the citizens chose to elect him. “I think what they saw is that we are on the road moving forward, and they wanted that momentum to continue to grow," said Jones.
This is the first time Jason Cole has been sworn in as Alderman. Cole has been a long-time community volunteer, and has served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory committee, as Vice-Chairman on the Beer Board, and on the Greenway Advisory Committee. Cole is eager to get to work: “Now we have to turn to do the work of the people by addressing the increasing crime problem, and focus on bringing new retail businesses to our city.
"Supporters of Cole and Jones packed City Hall for the swearing-in ceremony, officiated by City Judge Ed Hiland. Mayor Dennis Waldron was in attendance and said both new Aldermen "will do a great job representing La Vergne.”