VOL. 133 | NO. 90 | Friday, May 4, 2018
Spinosa Takes Job With Chamber, Resigns from Council
By Patrick Lantrip
Philip Spinosa, Jr. has resigned from the Memphis City Council and was named the new senior vice president of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.
Spinosa will be taking over for Shea Flinn, who announced he would be vacating his position in March. Much like Spinosa, Flinn left his post on the council in 2015 to join the chamber.
“The work of the Chairman’s Circle is critical to our community,” Spinosa said in a release. “From increasing women- and minority-owned business receipts to funding Pre-K education to making our streets cleaner and safer, the Chairman’s Circle membership is committed to paving the way for our city’s forward progress.”
The Chairman’s Circle’s mission is work with local business leaders to leverage the collective strengths of the business community to create a positive change in Memphis and the Mid-South.
“Philip’s desire for positive change in this city is undeniable,” Phil Trenary, President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber said. “His experience, energy and expertise will be a great asset to the work of the Chairman’s Circle and to the Chamber team.”
Spinosa, a native Memphian, previously work in direct sales management at FedEx, and currently serves on the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board, the Memphis Crime Commission Board, and the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board.
The council could set a timetable for filling the vacancy as early as the Tuesday, May 8, council session.
The procedure is for the council to set a deadline for citizens to apply for a vacancy including a sworn affidavit pledging that the citizen lives in the super district, in this case. There is also a petition similar to the qualifying petition used in elections that must be signed by at least 25 voters who live in the super district.
The vacancy could be the first of four the council considers before the October 2019 city elections. The other three potential vacancies depend on the outcome of the August county general elections. In those elections council member Janis Fullilove is running as the Democratic nominee for Juvenile Court Clerk; council member Bill Morrison is the Democratic nominee for Probate Court Clerk and council member Edmund Ford Jr. is the Democratic nominee for county commission District 9.