Updates from the Shelby County Commission

Right on the Bluff: July 2023

Budget negotiation

Shelby County Government has completed its annual duty to approve a budget and set the property tax rate prior to the July 1 beginning of the fiscal year.

In previous updates, I have written about the major issues at stake and the potential options available to us. Here’s what happened.

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County clerk

An investigation has been launched into the Shelby County Clerk’s office, which could lead to ouster proceedings if the court finds sufficient grounds for removal.

I requested such an investigation during the budget negotiation process, and it was initiated the day after the budget was passed.

I am very pleased to see this step taken so that public confidence in the clerk’s office can be restored. I look forward to a fair and thorough process by our justice system.

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Legislative update

Here are a few of the initiatives I sponsored that received final approval from the board this month:

  • Resolution requiring three-months of Bail setting data from the General Sessions Judges to evaluate whether there are any risks to Public Safety.
  • Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners moving to address Criminal trial backlogs and seeking expeditious trials from the Courts by requesting prosecutorial assistance from the Tennessee Association of District Attorney Generals, requesting State Circuit Court Judges to sit as Special Judges over Criminal proceedings, and requesting that State Criminal Court Judges consider midweek trials in order to further expedite the right to speedy trials.
  • Grant resolutions benefiting the Bartlett Education Foundation and the Lakeland Education Foundation

Looking back

Shelby County’s municipal districts were approved by voters 10 years ago this month. An event held by our activist group made the front page. I remain very proud of the accomplishments of Bartlett City Schools, and all the others.

Upcoming public meetings

July 12 – Standing committees, 8:30 a.m.

July 17 – Commission meeting, 3 p.m.

July 26 – Standing committees, 8:30 a.m.

July 27 – Public Safety Ad Hoc committee meeting, 1:30 p.m.

July 31 – Commission meeting, 3 p.m.

Book club

This month I am reading Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America, by Thomas G. West.

Stay in touch

If you have a question or concern, email me at

You can speak with the Commission office by calling 901-222-1000.

I always welcome your feedback on Facebook (@CommissionerMickWright) and Twitter (@mickwright).

Thanks for reading.

Mick Wright
Shelby County Commission – District 3