Mayor Briley nominates Phyllis Hildreth, Bob Cooper to Community Oversight Board

Phyllis Hildreth and Bob Cooper

Mayor David Briley has nominated Phyllis Hildreth and Bob Cooper to serve on the Community Oversight Board (COB). The recently enacted charter amendment allows the mayor to appoint two members to the 11-member COB.

Hildreth currently serves as vice president for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships at American Baptist College. Cooper, a former Tennessee Attorney General, is a member of the Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group at Bass Berry & Sims.

“Ms. Hildreth and Mr. Cooper each bring a unique blend of skills and expertise that will be critical assets to the COB,” said Mayor Briley.

“I am 100% committed to making the COB as effective as possible, and these two nominees will go a long way in ensuring that. Both have experience in the creation and management of new organizations dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and I look forward to their swift confirmations by the Metro Council.”

Hildreth’s experience includes serving as Chief Counsel in the Office of the Public Defender for the state of Maryland, as Deputy Secretary for the state of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice, and as managing director for the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Maryland.

Hildreth currently serves on the Metro Human Relations Commission, a position from which she will step down so that she may serve on the COB.

Cooper held the position of Tennessee Attorney General from 2006 to 2014 and served as legal counsel to Gov. Phil Bredesen from 2003 to 2006.

Cooper chaired the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General in 2012-13 and Metro’s Charter Revision Commission.

He also taught ‘campaign finance and elections’ for almost 20 years as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School. Prior to entering private practice, Cooper served as a law clerk for Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

A member of the Tennessee bar since 1984, Cooper earned his law degree from Yale Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.