Former Grizzlies coach tapped for mayor-elect's transition team

Former Grizzlies coach tapped for mayor-elect's transition team

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It's been nearly a week since voters elected Lee Harris as Shelby County's new mayor.

His next job is preparing to govern.

A former head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, Lionel Hollins, was tabbed to lead Harris' transition team.

Harris chose Hollins and Paul Morris, the president of Jack Morris Auto Glass and former Downtown Memphis Commission President, to co-chair the team.

The team will help Harris recruit appointees and outline early priorities.

They've got a lot of work ahead of them, but not a lot of time.

They have just over three weeks to recruit key members of the new administration and help the mayor-elect set his agenda.

"I am eager to get the transition process started. I believe we have a real opportunity to advance this community. We have a real opportunity to build a community that we can all embrace," Hollins said.

"Our first priority is to find the very best people to serve county government," Morris said. "Mayor-elect Harris has been clear that he wants the very best public servants who are loyal to the county. Our second priority is to identify some quick wins that he can accomplish in his first 100 days in office. And our third priority will be to develop his first term plans and strategies, things he wants to accomplish over that time."

This is not the first time Morris, the former president of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has found himself on a transition team. He served on former Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton's transition team.

Current Mayor Mark Luttrell has provided Harris' team with office space to help with the transition.

Morris said the transition team will remain in place a month or so beyond Harris' September 1 swearing-in, to help the new mayor and his administration get off the ground.

For now, he's focused on making sure the incoming mayor has a team ready to go.

"He doesn't care where you live, what your politics are or other things," Morris said. "He's going to bring a diverse coalition of people."

The team is also looking for community members to join. You can apply by clicking here.

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