MEMPHIS, TENN. – Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris has named new members of the Harris Administration, including several leaders who will join him on the 11th floor. Attorney Jessica Indingaro will serve as the new Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator for Juvenile Court Oversight. Danielle Inez, former New Era campaign manager, will serve as Special Assistant to the Mayor and oversee the implementation of short and long range planning of special projects assigned by Mayor Harris. Twelve-year Foreign Service Officer Osborne Burks will serve as Special Assistant of Legislative Affairs and help develop policy and position objectives for the Administration. Diane Brown has been reappointed to serve as Office Manager. Rounding out the Mayor’s hires are Alex Hensley and Tracy Wolfe, who will serve as Executive Secretaries to the Mayor.
“The chances of getting things done increase with the more talent we can put in the room. We are very fortunate to have this collection of individuals joining Shelby County Government,” said Mayor Lee Harris.
He continued, “Each of these individuals brings a real skillset to County government. Jessica has significant experience working with judges and, as a consequence, expands our ability to meaningfully collaborate with the DOJ, Sheriff’s Office, and Juvenile Court. Danielle is able to execute— get initiatives off the ground and bring outstanding items to closure. Osborne has years of diplomatic experience, which he’s likely to draw on repeatedly as one of the main liaisons for our office and the Shelby County Commission.”
Indingaro joins the administration after over ten years of law experience in New York and Tennessee, including several years working directly within the state and federal judiciary.
Attorney Indingaro said, “I’m glad to be part of the new team. I understand that Juvenile Court has made tremendous progress. The number of youth detained, at least in recent weeks, is at a significant low. I’m joining this new team in order to help build on that progress and work with all the various stakeholders.”
Danielle Inez is the current President of the Shelby County Young Democrats and a 9-year marketing manager, with notable clients in both the public and private sector. Inez is a “Memphis Flyer Top 20 Under 30” honoree and a graduate of the New Memphis Institute’s Fellows Program. She joined the Campaign for A New Era in February and helped Harris earn 76% of votes in the Democratic primary before a decisive 55% victory for Mayor Lee Harris in the Shelby County General election in August.
“I look forward to continuing the work that we did on the campaign trail,” said Danielle Inez. “We traveled to every corner of Shelby County and heard from constituents from all walks of life. Now, Shelby County Government can be a partner to our local community and implement the changes that we all want to see.”
Osborne Burks III is a Memphis-born Foreign Service Officer and a graduate of Morehouse College and American University.
“It’s been a privilege to serve in various roles around the world, but Memphis has remained my home,” said Burks. “I’m grateful to our Mayor for giving me an opportunity to return home and serve our wonderful community.”
Alex Hensley, former New Era office manager, will serve as Executive Secretary to the Mayor. She previously served as an Advisor to local youth and community affiliates of Bridges, USA. Hensley is a community advocate for transportation, juvenile justice reform, and immigration reform.
“Mayor Harris uses his platform to support our most vulnerable communities,” said Hensley. “I’m excited to support the work of an elected official whose vision aligns with my passion.”
Diane Brown has been re-appointed to serve as Office Manager under the new Harris Administration. She has served Shelby County Government for over eight years. Tracy Wolfe has transferred from supporting the Health Department to her new role as Executive Secretary to the Mayor.
Mayor Harris and the transition team continue to identify top talent for key roles in the Administration, including the WIN Director, Shelby County Public Defender, and Pretrial Services Executive Director. Interested candidates should visit www.TransitionShelby.com.
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