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Mayor Wharton nominates Martha Lott as General Services Division Director

September 20, 2010
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Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. officially nominated Martha C. Lott to serve as Director of the City of Memphis General Services Division. Ms. Lott will fill the new post effective October 1, 2010.

Ms. Lott will make the change to Memphis City Government from Shelby County Government, where she has served in various capacities since 1995. In her current position as Administrator for Regional Services of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Ms Lott’s primary work entails development and coordination of comprehensive transportation planning activities, GIS activities, and grants for counties in both Tennessee and Mississippi.

Ms. Lott has filled the administrator position with the Memphis MPO since 2004 and in her time there was tapped by then county mayor A C Wharton, Jr. to head several special projects that yielded notable and critical results.   Particularly in late 2003, the MPO was under the real threat of not having its certification renewed due to non-adherence to federal requirements.  All jurisdictions in Shelby County and Fayette County, Tennessee and DeSoto County, Mississippi were affected and would have lost access to local, state, and federal funds totaling $307.5 million.  In early 2004, Ms. Lott was charged by Mayor Wharton with leading efforts to bring the Memphis MPO back into compliance, and by December 2004 it was granted its certification.  The Memphis MPO is now used the model for best practices across the state of Tennessee.

“I could not be more pleased in having this great opportunity to bring Martha Lott on board at such a pivotal time for the City of Memphis and the Division of General Services,” said Memphis mayor A C Wharton.  “Martha has proven herself over and over again to be that go-to professional when expertise is needed most.  Over the years, I have witnessed firsthand how her sound judgment, razor sharp decision-making skills, and special gift for keying in on critical issues have brought about results.  Quite frankly, Martha Lott is a woman who can expertly examine the broken pieces and put them back together again to work even better than before.  I’m confident she’ll prove invaluable to overall city operations in moving the General Services division forward.”

Other key projects that have placed Ms. Lott at the helm of influencing critical results include

  • Formation of Homeland Security – Office of Preparedness team for the reorganization and administration of nine Homeland Security Grants used to procure equipment and training for First Responders to cities in West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas.
  • Implementation of team, plan, and strategy for work with federal officials, local providers, and fund recipients in keeping Shelby County in good-standing in continuing to receive federal funds for the Ryan White (HIV/AIDS) grant program.

Ms. Lott has also held positions as E-Government Manager and Grants Manager for Shelby County Government and as a police officer with the Memphis Police Department.  She attended Bartlett High School, later completing studies for a B.S. in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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