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Senior leadership team changes
Administration announces changes within senior leadership team
Posted on 11/20/2019
As Mayor Jim Strickland’s second term in office approaches, there will be some changes to the senior leadership team that will take effect January 1, 2020. Chief Legal Officer Bruce McMullen, will return to private practice full-time; Chief of Staff, Lisa Geater, will retire from the city after 31 years; and Special Counsel to the Mayor, Alan Crone, will also return private practice full-time.

“During my first four years, I’ve had the honor to be surrounded by some of the most talented and dedicated public servants to champion our city,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “Bruce, Lisa and Alan, have been an integral part of my team, and their work and counsel have had an incredible, positive impact on city government and me personally. It is with profound gratitude that I wish them well in all their future endeavors.”

Bruce McMullen was instrumental in the successful legal strategy to remove Confederate statues by selling two city parks to the local non-profit, Greenspace. He increased the legal division’s spend with women and minority attorneys to 40%, and expanded the City efforts to fight blight and improve neighborhoods through our partnership with the University of Memphis School of Law.

Lisa Geater has been invaluable to the City for more than three decades, serving with more than 45 city council members during her tenure. She has provided a steady hand and a calm voice through some of the most turbulent times in Memphis, smoothly transitioning into a leadership role in the mayor’s office to continue to shape the progress of our City.

Alan Crone led our legislative efforts in Nashville, including helping to resolve the de-annexation issue. He has given direction in our development agreement with Loews Hotels Inc. and has guided our process on the reimagining of the riverfront.

“All three have offered me sound advice on some of the greatest challenges facing Memphis and provided invaluable leadership,” said Strickland. “I will continue to lean on these valued colleagues for their counsel.”

The mayor will appoint Deputy Director of Legal Services, Jennifer Sink, to the position of Chief Legal Officer. Deputy Chief of Staff Maria Furhmann will be appointed to Chief of Staff, and Intergovernmental Relations will become part of the Communications Division under Chief Communications Officer, Ursula Madden.

Many appointments are subject to the approval of the Memphis City Council and will be presented in the new year.
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