Mike Carpenter, who served on the Shelby County Commission until he resigned last fall, has been tapped to lead the city's Office of Intergovernmental Relations. In a related role, he's also been named as project manager for the Harahan Bridge greenline project.
As the Harahan Bridge lead, Carpenter is charged with overseeing the TIGER IV federal grant that funds construction of much of the project's bicycle and pedestrian path across the old Harahan Bridge. Carpenter is contracting with the Downtown Memphis Commission for that role. Since the project links two cities — Memphis and West Memphis — Carpenter is contracting with the city for intergovernmental relations services as well. He is not a city employee but rather a city contractor, so Carpenter is not eligible for city insurance or retirement benefits.
Carpenter resigned from his five-year-long stint on the county commission last fall to take a job in Nashville as state director of the education reform advocacy organization StudentsFirst.
"I am grateful to have Mike Carpenter returning to Memphis to be our liaison to the local, state, and federal governments. He is knowledgeable about the unique challenges faced by cities and understands how essential it is to have the support of our government partners to grow our city and improve the quality of life of our citizens," said Mayor A C Wharton. "Having been a local elected official, lobbyist, and administrator, Mike has an uncommon skill set suited to effectively serve Memphis."