Former Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter is coming back to Memphis to work for the city on a contract basis, leading its Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
According to a release from City Hall Monday afternoon, Carpenter also will serve as project manager for the Main Street to Main Street Multimodal Connector that includes the Harahan Bridge. His most immediate responsibility will be oversight of the TIGER IV federal grant that will fund more than half of the Main Street to Main Street Multimodal project.
In fulfilling those responsibilities, Carpenter will contract with the city for intergovernmental relations services and with the Downtown Memphis Commission for project management of the TIGER IV grant.
Carpenter is returning to Memphis from the Nashville area where he is serving as state director for StudentsFirst, an education reform advocacy organization founded by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools System.