May’s selection was confirmed early today by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, who was scheduled to acknowledge the longtime councilman’s election, and to recognize his community leadership, in today’s session of the Cleveland City Council.
The Council traditionally meets on Mondays, but this week’s gathering was moved to today because of the annual TML session.
May’s election means he will continue to ascend in TML rank until he becomes the statewide group’s president. From third vice president, he will later climb to the second and first vice president posts of the networking organization before assuming the presidency. May has previously served on the TML board of directors.
The Cleveland councilman’s election came by unanimous vote of several hundred government leaders attending the statewide conference.
When May ascends to the presidency, he will become the third person from Cleveland to serve at the TML helm. May’s Cleveland predecessors include the late Mayor Harry L. Dethero and Rowland. As a past president, Rowland remains on the TML board of directors.
May said he is excited to have the TML leadership opportunity.
“I look forward to serving in this leadership position,” the councilman said in a statement today provided to the Cleveland Daily Banner. “It affords me a stronger voice for the city of Cleveland and allows me to network with my peers from across the state as we work on legislation and other issues facing municipalities in Tennessee.”
Rowland applauded May’s selection and supported the TML membership’s choice.
“I have observed David over the years and have been impressed with his leadership skills,” Cleveland’s reigning mayor stressed. “I believe he is well prepared to take on this position with TML.”
The annual TML conference is an opportunity for local government leaders to network, to share information and to learn updates that impact state government as well as local jurisdictions. This year’s conference included a series of workshops and meetings targeting retail recruitment for cities, financial management, electricity as a transportation fuel and municipal innovations.
One of the gathering’s highlights was an address by Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson. The state official outlined the new requirements on the issuance of municipal bonds and new mandatory disclosure for cities.
May’s selection as third vice president became official during Tuesday’s closing session when he was sworn into office.
May is serving his fourth term on the Cleveland City Council. He is a 35-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department, serving 15 years as fire chief before his retirement.
During his fire chief tenure, May was a member of the Board of Tennessee Fire Chiefs’ Association.
May followed in the footsteps of his father, the late Captain Wilsie May, who was a 42-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department. His son, David May III, is also a former member of the Cleveland Fire Department. May and his son are now partners, and own and operate 3D Construction Company.
May and his wife, Linda, have two children, David and Darlia. They have five grandchildren.