- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Weeks before Memphis gets a new mayor, Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s transition team presented its recommendations for making city government more responsive and efficient.

With Strickland in the audience, the team’s eight policy groups recommended a range of options in front of a crowd of more than 100 at the University of Memphis, The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1NreYHM).

The recommendations include renegotiating police and fire employees’ benefits with unions, splitting up the joint city-county Office of Planning and Development, and fully utilizing the city’s Sheltered Market Program to award more city project bids to minority- and women-owned firms.

According to the transition team, the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division has spent $7 million this year using the program with minority- and women-owned firms, compared to the city’s $1.2 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

A common strain in the presentations was the notion that the city government has “silos” that need to be broken down to improve efficiency and transparency. Strickland said improving transparency will be one of his priorities when he takes office Jan. 1.

The group’s poverty team recommended that the government take immediate steps to keep homeless people from dying in the streets from harsh weather.

Having listened to the presentation, the next step is for Strickland’s newly named leadership team to evaluate the recommendations.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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