Mayor-Elect Jim Strickland Names Transition Co-Chairs

By Bill Dries

Three business and community leaders are set to lead Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s transition team in the 10-week run-up to when he takes office.




Strickland announced Wednesday, Oct. 14, that the co-chairs of the transition team will be Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president of student affairs at the University of Memphis; Emily Greer, chief administrative officer of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Mitch Graves, CEO of HealthChoice LLC.

Still to come are other members of the transition team, whom Strickland has said will likely be broken down into committees to make recommendations to him in specific areas.

Strickland also said in an interview for an upcoming Memphis News cover story that those seeking appointments as division directors in the new administration will be vetted not only by him but also by the transition committee.

“I will lean on the expertise of each of my co-chairs to recruit a full transition team and an administration that is representative of the diverse talent that Memphis deserves,” Strickland said in the written statement announcing the appointments. “I am confident that this team will be a critical component of my mission to serve as everybody’s mayor.”

This week, Strickland also has his first face-to-face meeting since the Oct. 8 election with outgoing Mayor A C Wharton and city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons to discuss details of the transition.