Perry Keenan has announced via a social media video, recorded at Pleasant View Community Park with his wife and children by his side, that he would not pursue a third term as Pleasant View’s mayor.
“I hate to not be true to my word,” said Keenan, as he recalled an encounter that took place on the campaign trail for his initial mayoral run in 2012.
He met a woman — Heidi Carmack, the wife of Pleasant View chiropractor Josh Carmack — pushing her baby in a jogging stroller.
“She asked me if we have term limits for mayor, and I said no we don’t,” he said. “Then she asked me how long I would commit to being mayor. And I told her that if God blesses me, and I’m able to win, I’ll run for another term because there will be things you just can’t accomplish in four years. But then, I told her that after eight years, it will be time for somebody else to step in. So, I’ve known for eight years this was coming, and I feel good that I was able to keep one of my very first campaign promises.”
Prior to his two terms as mayor, Keenan had served as vice-mayor for the town. Keenan was elected in 2004 as a city alderman and in 2005 was appointed vice-mayor.
Among the significant accomplishments during his time as mayor are the ongoing development of Pleasant View Community Park, the dedication of the Veterans Memorial Park and maintaining the debt-free status of the town with no property tax. He also noted the success of events such as Climb-A-Truck and Cruisen’N’Groove’n.
He cited a favorite memory from his first year as mayor that he said he found both affirming and humbling.
“Back in 2013 we had a community Spring Creek cleanout day, with the Boy Scouts, some volunteers, and Sheriff John Holder had loaned us the work release crew to help us out,” he said. “I remember the look on their faces when the chief of police told them that the guy standing in the middle of the creek wearing a duck hunting hat, ripped jeans and a T-shirt with holes, running the chainsaw was the mayor. The look on their faces was priceless,” he said.
Keenan also recalled cutting lumber outside city hall to decorate his city hall office, as well as vacuuming the courtroom and town meeting space.
“I will never ask someone to do a job that I’m not willing to do myself,” he said, adding that he rides on the salt trucks to help clear the roads when needed.
He said that his wife — Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce director Misty Keenan — and their children, Madison and Liam, are excited about increasing their family time.
“I am ready for me to be more daddy and less mayor,” he said.
Kingston Springs Mayor Tony Gross has been in that position during the time that Keenan has served Pleasant View, and he said that the two have often shared ideas and encouraged each other.
“Perry is an asset to his town and to all of Cheatham County,” Gross said. “I have always been struck by his enthusiasm for community service. While he will be missed as mayor of Pleasant View, I am sure through his leadership and optimism he will continue to contribute to Cheatham County in many ways. I wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”
Keenan’s last official day in office will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, for the regularly scheduled city council meeting.
The election for the next mayor will take place Nov. 3. There also will be two open alderman seats currently held by Heather Hardwick and Kyle Pritchett.
Petitions for those interested in a spot on the Pleasant View Board of Mayor and Aldermen are available at the Cheatham County Election Commission in Ashland City.