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  Herenton, Willie
NameWillie Herenton
Address868 Barton St
Memphis, Tennessee , United States
Born April 23, 1940 (82 years)
ContributorStephen Yellin
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 04, 2019 12:47am
Tags Black -
InfoDr. Willie W. Herenton was elected Mayor of the City of Memphis on October 3, 1991. Under his leadership, Memphis has progressed into a city with better neighborhoods, better schools, and a downtown economic boom that rivals cities of similar size and population.

His vision, leadership, and accomplishments as Memphis' Chief Executive Officer led to his re-election to serve second and third consecutive terms. Under his visionary leadership and close alignment with the Memphis City Council, the City's accomplishments include:

The addition of hundreds of police officers to the Memphis police force to fight crime, along with the establishment of more than a dozen mini-precincts across the city to improve neighborhood service.
The commitment of an unprecedented $160 million to Memphis City Schools for the construction of new schools, repairs and air-conditioning installation. For the first time in Memphis City Schools history, every single student now learns in an air-conditioned classroom!
Record economic development with thousands of new jobs and $1.3 billion in downtown redevelopment.
The completion of the City's first-ever master parks plan, which maps out a $350 million investment in city parks over the next 20 years.
A minority economic boom that includes an increase of more than 70 percent in minority business ownership and nearly a 40 percent increase in minority business revenue.
A youth summer initiative that employs hundreds of teen each summer.

A native Memphian, Mayor Herenton is a graduate of LeMoyne Owen College and the University of Memphis. He earned his doctorate at Southern Illinois University. Prior to his election in 1991, Dr. Herenton served as superintendent of the Memphis City Schools for 12 years. He has received numerous awards for outstanding public service, including honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees from Rhodes College and Christian Brothers College, and the 1988 Horatio Alger Award.

Mayor Herenton has served on several corporate boards, including Promus Companies Incorporated and First Tennessee National Corporation. He also has served on the national board of directors for the Urban League and Junior Achievement, and the national executive board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He has devoted time to many civic and service organizations such as the March of Dimes, the United Way, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts of America and the Economic Club of Memphis.

Mayor Herenton is a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the American Management Association and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He has three children � Errol, Rodney, and Andrea.

I invite you to view our "Living in Memphis" video, which gives you a chance to see all of the sites and sounds of our beautiful city. Check it out, and see why Memphis is such a great place to live, work and recreate!


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Mar 02, 2010 10:00am News Mother of Herenton baby seeks more financial records  Article Servo 
Oct 27, 2009 03:00pm News [Fmr Memphis Mayor] Herenton says he received "target" letter from federal prosecutors  Article Servo 
Jul 06, 2009 01:00pm News Memphis mayor delays resignation until July 30  Article RBH 
Jun 25, 2009 11:40am News Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton resigns, effective July 10  Article Servo 
Apr 23, 2009 09:05am Opinion Best to ignore Herenton's latest childish stunt  Article Servo 
Mar 24, 2008 03:05pm News [Memphis Mayor] Herenton says he'll stay on as mayor if he doesn't get schools job  Article Servo 

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