City of Clarksville
Kim McMillan was sworn in as the Mayor of Clarksville, Tenn. in January of 2011 and became the first woman to serve as Mayor of any Tennessee city with a population over 100,000. As Mayor, some of her priorities are transparency in government, continuing economic development and maintaining and improving Clarksville’s exceptional quality of life.
Prior to being elected as Mayor, Kim served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for 12 years and was elected twice by her colleagues to the position of House Majority Leader, becoming the first female in Tennessee history to serve in this position in either chamber of the General Assembly. Under her leadership, Tennessee saw improvements in the education system, economic development and ethics legislation and oversight among other achievements. In 2007, at the request of Governor Phil Bredesen, Kim became the Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor and later served for a short time on the administration and faculty of Austin Peay State University. Every position she has held provided her with a unique perspective of government’s best practices and the opportunity to prove her leadership time and again.
Kim grew up in a number of college towns in the south and moved to Knoxville in 1978 with her parents when her father took a teaching position at the University of Tennessee. She went on to graduate as valedictorian from South-Young High School in Knoxville and then received her bachelor’s degree and law degree, both with honors, from the University of Tennessee. While in law school, Kim served as Executive Editor of The Tennessee Law Review.
Kim is a graduate of a number of leadership academies including The U.S. Army War College, graduated 2013, Leadership Tennessee inaugural class of 2014, Leadership Middle Tennessee inaugural class of 2001, and Leadership Clarksville class of 1996.
Mayor McMillan is a member of numerous organizations and serves on a number of boards including Cumberland Bank & Trust, a community bank in Clarksville, Greater Nashville Regional Council, Vice-Chair, Regional Transit Authority, Vice-Chair, Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus, Vice-Chair and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where she has been elected to the Advisory Committee. She is particularly interested in organizations that seek to improve the lives of others and train the next generation of leaders.