In response to Mayor Jim Strickland’s charge to be the most transparent and communicative administration in Memphis history, the Office of Communications was formed in January 2016 to serve as a one-stop communications shop for all City of Memphis divisions. The Office of Communications serves as a conduit for media coverage of the City and spearheads digital and social media communications.
If you’re a member of the media with a request for information or an interview, e-mail Chief Communications Officer Ursula Madden, Deputy Director, Media Affairs Dan Springer, and/or Media Affairs Manager Arlenia Cole.
Want to interview a member of the City Council? Reach out to the council office directly at (901)636-6786.
Certain City divisions, though, have their own public information officers. Here are ways to contact them:
- Fire: Wayne Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Libraries: Arlenia Cole, email@example.com
- Memphis Animal Services: Katie Pemberton, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Memphis Light, Gas and Water: Gale Jones Carson, email@example.com
- Police: Karen Rudolph and Louis Brownlee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes, a question is better posed to one of the City’s partner agencies or governments. Here is a list of some of those media contacts:
- Downtown Memphis Commission: Penelope Huston, email@example.com
- Memphis Area Transit Authority: Nicole Lacey, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau: Kevin Kern, email@example.com
Need some data? Check to see if what you’re looking for is at data.memphistn.gov, our new data portal. If not, reach out to Ursula Madden and/or file a public records request.
Looking for news releases? They’re collected in the What’s New section of the main homepage.
- …City employee salaries? They’re here.
- …recent audit reports? Visit Internal Auditing.
- …recent City contracts? We have a database for that.
- …requests for proposals (RFPs) or requests for qualifications (RFQs)? Look here.
- …the monthly reports from the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force? Visit this page.
- …current and recent City budgets? Pore over every page, if you dare, here.
Request Public Records
The Office of Communications also has oversight on public records requests. Use this portal to submit requests.
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