Tuesday’s executive order adopting the Memphis 3.0 plan was Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s fourth since he took office in 2016.
An executive order provides mayoral direction to the heads of all the city’s divisions regarding operations and day-to-day business, Dan Springer, the city’s deputy director of media affairs, said.
So far, Strickland’s orders have dealt with ethics, data, sexual assault, and, most recently, the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning document.
The mayor’s first executive order came about five months after he took office, when he signed an order on ethics, rescinding a 2009 order.
The order instructed city employees not to accept gifts, money, or favors from residents. It also discouraged city employees from using information obtained on the job to make a profit, as well as prevented employees from entering into or benefiting from contracts with the city or its agencies.
Then in June of that year, Strickland issued his second executive order. This one related to the city’s sexual assault task force. Through the order, the mayor directed the task force to “continue their work to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence.”
Strickland instructed the task force to test every kit in the city’s inventory, investigate leads and examine all cases coming from the kits, improve victim support, prosecute the suspects, and “continue the dialogue in Memphis about sexual assault and domestic violence, including a deliberate effort to get information in the hands of victims and survivors who need it most.”
In February 2018, the mayor signed an order creating adopting an open data policy. The move created the Memphis Open Data program and the Data Governance Committee.
As a result, data related to public safety, neighborhoods, jobs, government, and youth is available through the open data portal on the city’s website.