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Downtown Memphis Commission expected to announce Paul Young's replacement after Christmas

Memphis Mayor-elect Paul Young and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland stand next to each other while speaking to other attendees prior to the ceremonial groundbreaking for 100 N. Main redevelopment in Downtown Memphis on Thursday, November 30, 2023.
Memphis Mayor-elect Paul Young and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland stand next to each other while speaking to other attendees prior to the ceremonial groundbreaking for 100 N. Main redevelopment in Downtown Memphis on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Downtown Memphis Commission might have a little something extra leftover in its stocking this Christmas.

On Thursday, the DMC Board shared an update on its search for a new president and CEO. Board Chair Benjamin Orgel said the board should expect a special meeting called sometime next week. The board is expected to announce its recommendation for the next president and CEO at DMC.

“We’re close to making a decision,” Orgel said.

Memphis Mayor-elect Paul Young has held the position since March 2021. He succeeded Jennifer Oswalt. With Young entering into the mayoral office beginning Jan. 1, the DMC began its search for a replacement in October.

Orgel said the board had dozens of applicants and narrowed it down to six finalists. Second interviews were conducted among those six candidates, he said. Once the DMC Board announces its recommendation for the role, it is up to the candidate to formally accept the position or not.

More: Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis to continue to serve in Paul Young's mayoral administration

The DMC president and CEO role oversees the organization's multi-million dollar budget along with its numerous affiliate boards including the Design Review Board, Downtown Mobility Authority, Center City Development Corporation and Center City Revenue Finance Corporation. The role also includes a $175,000 annual salary.

During the meeting, the board also congratulated DMC senior vice president of planning and development Brett Roler on his new role as chief operating officer. Roler will continue to oversee planning and development for DMC along with an expanded role in its safety, hospitality and environmental-friendly initiatives.

Additionally, current DMC vice president of marketing and communications, Penelope Huston, will be joining Young’s administration once the mayor-elect takes office. So far, she is the only DMC staffer leaving the DMC following the mayoral election.

Neil Strebig is a journalist with The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at neil.strebig@commercialappeal.com, 901-426-0679 or via X/Twitter,@neilStrebig

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Downtown Memphis Commission ready to announce new CEO after holidays

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