9/24/18: City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland
Jim Strickland was sworn in as mayor of Memphis in 2016. Mayor Strickland was elected to the Memphis City Council in 2007. He served as vice chairman of the council in 2013 and as its chairman in 2014. In eight years representing District 5, then-councilman Strickland became known for fighting for government transparency and public safety.
Mayor Strickland is a 1982 graduate of Christian Brothers High School, a 1986 graduate of the University of Memphis and a 1989 graduate of the School of Law at the U of M. He practiced law at Glankler Brown PLLC from 1990 to 1998, when he began practicing at Kustoff & Strickland PLLC, where he remained until becoming mayor.
Community service has long been a part of Mayor Strickland’s life. He has served with various organizations, such as the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, where he continues to volunteer. He is a gold life member of the NAACP. Mayor Strickland is married and has two children.