VOL. 124 | NO. 126 | Tuesday, June 30, 2009
UPDATE: Lowery Transition Team Includes Boyd, Sammons and Rubin
By Bill Dries
Incoming Memphis Mayor Myron Lowery has named his transition team.
The five member team will be headed by City Council member Bill Boyd who is a former city division director, heading the Public Service division under Mayor Wyeth Chandler. The district two representative assisted in another city political transition in the 1960s. As a city employee, Boyd was part of the transition of city government to the then new City Hall in 1967.
Other members of the transition team are:
Former City Council member Jack Sammons.
Former City Council member Jerome Rubin, who is now vice president of operations for the Center City Commission.
Attorney and Shelby County Democratic party vice chairman Desi Franklin
Regina Walker, senior vice president of United Way.
Lowery expects the transition team to complete its work by July 10, when Mayor Willie Herenton leaves the office and Lowery begins a three month tenure.
The team will make recommendations on all aspects of city government except who Lowery should appoint to administrative positions as well as several division director spots.
"I will make those decisions myself," Lowery said in announcing his team.
Lowery will be appointing a new Chief Administrative Officer as well as a new Director of the Division of Public Services and Neighborhoods if the division isn't revamped in some way.
Lowery was specific Tuesday in saying he wants Robert Lipscomb, director of the Division of Housing & Community Development to stay on in the new administration. Lipscomb's role in such critical unresolved issues as a Fairgrounds reuse plan and a pending development agreement for Bass Pro Shops to move into The Pyramid is considered crucial by Lowery.