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Elected Official Spotlight: Ryle Chastain
Ryle Chastain
Ryle Chastain

Ryle Chastain currently serves as McMinnville’s vice mayor and has since last fall. Right now, he is the chair of the Safety Committee and works very closely with our police and fire departments. Chastain says he feels like he’s helped bring fresh, progressive ideas to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Learn more about Chastain in this week’s snapshot.

Q: Briefly describe yourself.

A: I am 34 years old, have been on the city board since 2014 and have sat on every committee the board oversees. I am married to Paige Chastain with whom I have a beautiful daughter, James, and two dogs. I work in nursing administration at River Park Hospital and am currently in nurse practitioner school at Tennessee Tech. After completion of my master’s degree, I look forward to working in family medicine as an advanced practice nurse.

Q: Do you have any hobbies/ interests?

A: I love CrossFit probably to the point of obsession. I’ve always been involved in sports but CrossFit kind of brings it all together letting you incorporate weightlifting, running, biking, gymnastics, rowing, and swimming all into various kinds of workouts. 

Q: What brings you joy?

A: Helping others. As a nurse, this is something I get to do often. The instances are many and circumstances protected by privacy laws but suffice to say I take pride in the work I do as a nurse helping those who are ill and vulnerable. 

Q: Do you follow any shows on Netflix? Have you ever binged an entire season? 

A: Paige and I follow a ton! We just finished the third season of “Stranger Things” and are currently watching the second season of “Yellow Stone” on another network. We didn’t start “Game of Thrones” at the very beginning and binged a lot of that as well as shows like “Friday Night Lights” and “Sons of Anarchy.” 

Q: In your opinion, what has been your toughest decision while being on the board? Which measure was most conversional and why?

A: Probably following through with the Civic Center renovations. From a financial standpoint, that is the largest amount of money I have voted for the city to spend. This decision was pretty controversial because of the amount of money involved and because there were people who did not want to see the city put that kind of money into the project. Having said that, once it’s completed I think it will be a centerpiece for our community that everyone can enjoy. 

Q: What’s it like being a Vice Mayor? (Best part, worst part)

A: The best part is being involved in a slightly more involved capacity than an alderman while the worst part is probably the paper work. There are times I’ll get called to sign stuff and there will literally be over 100 checks and other documents at one time. Talk about a sore wrist!

Q: How would you describe the Board of Mayor and Alderman in three words? 

A: Collaborative, innovative, and adaptive. 

Q: What do you feel like you bring to the board?

A: I’m the youngest member of the board and have been told by several people that I am the youngest person to ever be elected to office here in McMinnville (29 back in 2014). I feel like this gives me a different perspective than some others. 

Q: Can you share one of your ideas to better McMinnville?

A: I’d like to see a massive expansion of the greenway. When I say that I mean seeing a paved path from Riverfront Park to Rocket Park all the way down the river. I think that would be incredible for the entire community. 

Q: Best contact info?  

A: 931-6071902 and