(SHELBY COUNTY MAYOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) – ShelbyCounty Mayor Lee Harris is pleased to announce the appointment of Dwan Gilliomas Chief Administrative Officer of Shelby County Government. The CAO serves asthe top non-elected officer in Shelby County Government, running the day to dayoperations of the county.
Mr. Gilliom has more than 30 years experience inpublic service, including Director of Public Works for the City of Memphis,Executive Director of Facilities Management for Shelby County Schools, and mostrecently, Administrator of Support Services for Shelby County Government.
“Mr. Gilliom has devoted his adulthood to service, asa military man, law enforcement officer, and longtime government official,”says Mayor Harris. “We are lucky when we find someone who has the skill set tolead and a heart for service. In Dwan Gilliom, we have found both.”
“As a native Memphian who has served in numerouspositions in local government for more than 30 years, I am extremely honoredand humbled to be selected by Mayor Harris to continue serving this communityas his Chief Administrative Officer,” says Mr. Gilliom. “I look forward to therewarding opportunities this position will afford me in assisting Mayor Harrisand his entire administration create a better Shelby County for all.”
“Mr. Gilliom is a great choice as the next ChiefAdministrative Officer for many reasons, including, he knows how to formulateand execute a plan,” says Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner. “Mr. Gilliomnot only believes in getting the job done, but he also believes in doing sowith quality, attention to detail, and promptness.”
“Mr. Gilliom possesses all the leadership qualitiesthat are essential to success like critical thinking and being proactive,”Commissioner Walter Bailey, attorney at The Walter Bailey Law Firm. “Hepossesses the ultimate alacrity to take on undertakings with positiveinfectious energy. His engaging style is an enormous asset and will enable himto interact effectively with staff, other elected officials as well asCommission members.”
“Mr. Gilliom has the skills and abilities to excel inthis position to help lead Shelby County Government,” says Michael A. Hooks,Jr., CEO of Allworld Project Management. “He is a hard-working public servantwho is well respected for his integrity and work ethic among his colleagues upand down the organizational chart.”
“Mr. Gilliom’s ability to get things done whileworking within the constraints of government makes him the ideal choice toserve as the next CAO for Shelby County,” says Commissioner J.W. Gibson,Chairman and CEO of Gibson Companies. “He has spent decades buildingrelationships across the entire community, including the business community,while earning the respect and trust of those that know him.”
Mr. Gilliom will begin in his new role of ChiefAdministrative Officer on October 1, 2019. He is the successor to PatriceThomas, who now works as Chief of Staff for Shelby County Schools.