Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Administrator of Planning Maurice Denbow Announces Candidacy for Shelby County Clerk

February 12, 2018


MEMPHIS, TENN., February 12, 2018 — Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Administrator of Planning, Maurice Denbow announced today that he will seek election to serve as the Shelby County Clerk in the upcoming primary Tuesday, May 1. Those interested in learning more can visit the campaign website:

“I believe my experience as a former business owner and nearly 30 years in government service, particularly those as an Administrator providing oversight of personnel, operations and financial management, make me the most qualified choice as Shelby County Clerk,” said Maurice Denbow, Shelby County Clerk candidate. “My vision is to make County Clerk services such as registering a vehicle or obtaining a business license easier and more customer-friendly for Shelby County residents and business owners.”

Denbow plans to continue to build upon the sound foundation established by the incumbent. As a proven leader, he fosters personal and professional growth for those he manages. Denbow believes that empowering employees allows them to take ownership and pride in how they present themselves and represent the organization as they handle transactions for the public.

Denbow explained his charge to explore opportunities to find efficiency gains, “With just 95 full time employees and a small budget for operation and maintenance, the operation seems to run pretty lean, but I want to hear from customers and employees and use their feedback to develop an action plan that will expedite services and increase efficiencies.”

Having served in the military for nearly ten years and the Sheriff’s Office for the past twenty years, Denbow and those he has worked with believe his past experience and accomplishments will serve him well should he be elected as the Shelby County Clerk.

“I have known Maurice for nearly 16 years.  During my tenure as Sheriff, he made significant contributions, through audit and inspection of controls in our jail, which assisted my team in achieving release from federal oversight.  He was instrumental in achieving both the first law enforcement and jail accreditation certifications” said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. “His dedication and commitment to the citizens of Shelby County is admirable. With his background of proven leadership, he has the right qualities to be a great County Clerk.”

Committed to serving the Shelby County community, Denbow has sat on many boards and committees within Shelby County Government ranging from appointments on Ad Hoc committees of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to Training Advisory and Employee Commendation committees with the Sheriff’s Office.  He also is currently serving in the Lakeland community as Commissioner appointed to the Municipal Planning and Design Review Commission. Other volunteer services have included: Board of Directors for Lakeland Development Corporation and the Industrial Development Board, Commissioner on the Lakeland Economic Development Commission, and Campaign Treasurer for Judge Larry E. Potter.

“I care sincerely and passionately about my workforce and my community,” said Denbow. “I simply ask Shelby County voters for the opportunity to continue my commitment of service to Shelby County citizens and the chance to build a better relationship with you as your County Clerk.”

Maurice Denbow For County Clerk Campaign can be found online:

About Maurice Denbow:

Maurice Denbow grew up along the rocky coast of Maine where he was the middle child among four other siblings. The family worked hard living off the land and sea appreciating what they had, respecting others and standing proud, even in the face of adversity. In school Maurice excelled in baseball, basketball, and cross-country while being a National Honor Society inductee and serving on student government committees, including serving two years as student council president.

After graduation Maurice continued his commitment to service by enlisting in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. Having almost 10 years of active military service Maurice has an expansive list of certifications, training, awards, recognition, team building experiences and a track record of proven leadership in the military.

After an honorable discharge in 1998 Maurice started working with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office moving through the ranking structure of the Administrative Division to now serve as the Administrator of Planning. As the Administrator, Maurice oversees capital improvement projects, facilities management, grounds upkeep, parking protocols, grants management, acquisition, maintenance and disposal of all public safety fleet assets, long-term strategic planning, contracts management, budget preparation and management, vendor negotiations, legislative presentations and more.

Denbow is a graduate of the Army’s Leadership Development School, later obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, graduating Summa cum Laude.  He also went through New Memphis Institute’s Leadership Development Intensive where he shares alumni status with other top business executives and leaders from across the community.

Maurice has a passion for physical fitness, was previous owner of two small business and holds many certifications in various forms of martial arts.  Maurice is married to his wife Kim and together, they have five daughters and a grandson. They are an active family and enjoy hunting, fishing, gardening, camping, hiking, motorcycling and spending time with friends.

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