Strickland Announces New Hires

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Clockwise from top left: Alan Crone, Ike Griffith, Lisa Geater, Ken Moody,
  • Clockwise from top left: Alan Crone, Ike Griffith, Lisa Geater, Ken Moody,

Mayor-elect Jim Strickland continues to roll out his full list of the staff members who will join him in Memphis City Hall in January. 

Thursday's announcement came with some new titles for jobs in the mayor's office, further showing Strickland's priorities and how he'll restructure city government.  

Here's the list of people appointed to positions Thursday: 

• Alan Crone: special counsel to the mayor
• Lisa Geater: chief of staff
• Ike Griffith: special assistant to the mayor for youth
• Ken Moody: special assistant to the mayor for community affairs

“As we continue to add seasoned, diverse talent to our team, I become even more enthusiastic about the positive changes ahead for our great city,” Strickland said in a statement. “Experienced support in these key areas is critical to our success – and I feel that each of these professionals will bring a proactive and fresh perspective to their new service roles.”

Crone is an attorney and a current member of the Memphis City Council. He served in Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist's administration. He also served as head of the Shelby County Republican party from 1999 to 2003.

Lisa Geater is currently the administrator for the Memphis City Council, which she has served for the past 27 years. 

Ike Griffith is now an electronic media teacher at Hamilton High School. He's worked for International Paper and in various production and directing roles at Cable 12 (Memphis City Schools), CBS Television Network, ESPN, WKNO-TV, and WHBQ-TV. 

Ken Moody is now the director of community relations for Central Defense Security. He's served the City of Memphis in a variety of roles including director of Public Services, deputy director of Public Services, deputy director of Park Services, administrator of the Mayor’s Citizen Service Center, and manager of Community Affairs. 

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