City Accepting Neighborhood Advisory Council Applications

~ from the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment

The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment is now accepting applications for the Neighborhood Advisory Council.

Have you ever wondered how you and your neighbors can better engage with the City of Knoxville, its offices and its services?  Are you an advocate for your neighborhood…and neighborhoods in general? Would you like to learn more about how city government works? Do you enjoy discussing public policy, particularly concerning neighborhoods? Would you like to work with other neighborhood leaders on neighborhood issues?

If you answered YES to these questions, consider applying!

The NAC meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (except July and December). We ask that applicants commit to attending these meetings, missing only when necessary.

NAC consists of neighborhood leaders and advocates who occupy 15 seats – two in each of the six City Council districts and three at-large members. Terms are set for three years, and members may serve up to two full terms (six years). Members wishing to serve a second three-year term must reapply.

The following seats are currently open:

* Seat 2-B (Alanna McKissack)

* Seat 3-A (Vacant)

* Seat 4-B (Brent Waugh)

* Seat 5-A (Philip Hipps)

* Seat 6-A (Vacant)

* At-Large Seat C (Emma Ellis-Cosigua)

To be appointed by the Mayor to a numbered seat, you must live in that City Council district. For example, the person appointed to Seat 2-A must be a resident in the Second Council district. These positions run January 2024 through December 2026.  The At-Large candidate may live anywhere within the city.

To view City Council district boundaries, visit KGIS’s website and then click on Maps, Political District Maps, and City Council. You can also input your own address to find out which political districts you live in.

If you are interested in serving, please fill out and submit an application, located here, and return it to Debbie Sharp at You can also mail the application to Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, P.O. Box 1631, Knoxville TN, 37901.

Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m.

Call the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment at 865-215-3232 to have a hard copy mailed to you, or if you would like more information about the appointments.