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VOL. 125 | NO. 165 | Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Luttrell’s Staff Filled With Familiar Faces

By Bill Dries

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Shelby County Mayor-elect Mark Luttrell is taking some of his team from the sheriff’s department with him when he switches offices Sept. 1

Luttrell appointed five members of his administrative team as sheriff to positions in his new administration. Like Luttrell, they will move about a block from offices at the Criminal Justice Center to the County Administration Building.

It’s a walk many, if not all, of them have made frequently. The sheriff’s office is the largest part of county government’s annual consolidated budget.

Luttrell had earlier announced Harvey Kennedy would be his chief administrative officer. Kennedy has been Luttrell’s CAO at the sheriff’s department. In both cases, the CAO is the No. 2 position in the organization, responsible for day-to-day operations.

Luttrell appointed James A. Coleman as corrections division director. Coleman is chief jailer for the sheriff’s department and ran in the Republican primary for Sheriff in May. Coleman is credited with the department’s successful drive to improve jail conditions during Luttrell’s tenure and lift federal court control of the jail.

Steve Shular will take over as public affairs officer. Shular held the same position during Luttrell’s eight years as sheriff.

Kim Hackney, Luttrell’s senior policy adviser and legislative affairs director, served as administrator of planning and research for the sheriff’s department.

Jeannie King will continue as administrative assistant, having filled the same role for Luttrell during his tenure as sheriff.

Jim Huntzicker is taking over as finance director. Huntzicker is currently serving as CAO and finance director. Huntzicker took on the added job of CAO in addition to his finance director duties after John Fowlkes resigned in 2006 as A C Wharton Jr.’s CAO to become a Criminal Court judge.

Dottie Jones returns as community services director. The division might undergo some changes as Luttrell considers a plan to move the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) from the local health department to community services. The move of MSARC was delayed this week to give the new administration time to weigh the move.

Kelly Rayne will be Shelby County attorney. She is currently a deputy chief administrative officer for the city of Memphis, having moved from the County Building to City Hall when Wharton became Memphis mayor in October.

Stephen Bush, who was appointed public defender, is now a supervising attorney in the defender’s office.

Marcy Ingram was named assistant CAO. She is a former assistant county attorney who is now a senior associate at the Ford & Harrison law firm.

Dan Springer will be an executive assistant to Luttrell. He is a former staffer to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

The appointments mean incoming Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham will also be making some big changes as well with a new CAO and jail chief.

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