FARRAGUT HISTORY & GOVERNMENT
The Town of Farragut was incorporated on Jan. 16, 1980, with the first Board of Mayor and Aldermen elected on April 1, 1980. A sincere commitment to controlled development, excellent roads and continued growth of parks, greenways and leisure opportunities make Farragut an ideal place to live, work and play. The Town is named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral of the United States Navy, who was born within a few miles of Farragut.
Farragut’s municipal government operates with a mayor-aldermanic charter. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen, which consists of a mayor and four aldermen, serves as the governing body. The mayor is elected at-large and two aldermen are elected from each of the town's two wards for a four-year term. Ward 1 consists of residents on the north side of Kingston Pike while Ward 2 consists of residents on the south side of Kingston Pike.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopts Town ordinances and policies; approves comprehensive planning and zoning requirements, annual budgets and Town contracts; and reviews capital investment projects. They are also responsible for the appointment of citizen committees and the Town administrator, attorney and judge.
Opened in June 2022
Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Ward 1 Alderman
Ward 2 Alderman
Ward 2 Alderman
Knoxville native Ron Williams retired after 28 years as a machine tool sales engineer for Sunnen Products. He served five terms on the Sugarwood Homeowners Association Board and two terms on the Board of Zoning Appeals. He was elected as a Ward 2 alderman in 2016 and elected mayor in 2018. Ron and his wife, TC, have been married more than 30 years.
Louise Povlin and husband, Jay, settled in Farragut with their three sons in 2008. She worked as a research engineer and a patent paralegal before opening Anytime Fitness with Jay in 2012. She was on the Fox Run Homeowners Association board before her appointment to the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) in 2013. She was appointed to fill a vacant Ward 1 aldermen seat in early 2016 and was elected to a full term in August 2016 and again in August 2020. She was appointed vice mayor in 2018. She currently serves as the alderman representative to the MPC.
Scott Meyer ran unopposed for his Ward 1 seat in August 2018 and was re-elected in 2022. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Indiana University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee and has worked in healthcare executive positions at Yale University School of Medicine, regional hospital systems and accounting firms and for-profit healthcare companies including Community Health Systems and Team Health. He was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals in 2017. Scott and his wife, Melissa, a pediatrician and Farragut High School graduate, have two daughters.
David White was elected as Ward 2 (South Ward) alderman in 2022. He has lived in Farragut over 70 years. He graduated from Farragut High School in 1964 and worked as a machinist at Y-12 in Oak Ridge for 17 years. He then took a job with a local developer and spent 13 years developing shopping centers before starting his own business as a general contractor. He retired after working for himself for 24 years. David has been married to his wife, Sandy, for 55 years. They had three children and have three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Farragut native Drew Burnette was appointed in September 2018 to fill the Ward 2 alderman seat left vacant when Ron Williams was elected mayor and elected to his first term in August 2020. He attended Farragut schools and received a B.S. from Carson Newman College. He is a regional vice president and medical device sales representative with Olympus Surgical. He and his wife have five children and attend Shoreline Church. Burnette played football for Farragut High School and Carson Newman and enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets at 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month, except when scheduled meetings fall on or near major holidays, at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.
Agendas are available prior to the meetings at townoffarragut.org/agenda-center. A live stream of the meetings is on townoffarragut.org/livestream and on the Town of Farragut YouTube channel. Live coverage is also on Town of Farragut TV (TDS channel 3 and Charter channel 193). Archived videos of past meetings can also be viewed on the YouTube channel.
To get board member contact information, visit our Contact page.