Shelby County Government

Monumental Baptist Church in South Memphis served as the gathering place Monday evening for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners first public transit ad hoc committee meeting. Dozens of citizens and elected officials convened for the in-the-community session led by Commissioners Tami Sawyer and Mick Wright. The goal is to...
The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to support the Shelby County Board of Commissioners’ action to provide funding to the public transportation provider. The vote occurred during MATA’s scheduled monthly meeting and followed on the heels of the Shelby County commissioners’ approval on Jan....
A development boom projected to draw more business, tourists and residents is unfolding in Downtown Memphis. At the same time, Memphis and it’s 60 percent African American population still carries America’s second highest poverty rate at 27.8 percent. As an expected $5 billion is spent for Downtown renewal, the biggest...
Downtown Memphis is undergoing $5 billion in redevelopment projects – a transformation that can make the city more competitive and spur widespread economic benefits. Local and non-local investors are lured by downtown’s land value (appraised at $1.1 million per acre), Fortune 500 companies, Mississippi River views, riverfront parks, famous Beale...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris believes that the county’s increasing poverty rate can be reduced by an investment in public transit. He spent Wednesday morning attempting to convince Shelby County Commission members to invest $10 million to support his proposal, Future for Transit. During an executive committee meeting, the mayor...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday approved $80,000 to go towards on-site testing at dozens of Shelby County Schools system sites where there has been detection of potentially dangerous amounts of lead. The funds will be transferred to the Shelby County Health Department to test 19,000 students attending the 35...
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has appointed Dwan Gilliom as Chief Administrative Officer of Shelby County Government. Mr. Gilliom has more than 30 years experience in public service, including Director of Public Works for the City of Memphis, Executive Director of Facilities Management for Shelby County Schools, and most recently,...
Shelby County Commission approved an ordinance requiring them to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The order was approved on final reading at the county commission meeting, Monday. Although a similar resolution was passed last year, this recent legislation ensured that it be added to the county’s code...