Councilman Kemp Conrad (left) and Council Chairman Harold Collins at a Tree Planting Celebration on June 2, 2010 commemorating the planting of the 300th tree at the airport. The pair sponsored a City Council resolution providing landscape improvements to Plough Boulevard as part of the Aerotropolis Development. An additional 2,200 more trees will be planted as part of this "Greening our Gateways" project.
Harold B. Collins
Councilman Harold B. Collins was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 2007. He was elected to serve as Chairman in July 2009 through December 2010. He is a graduate of Memphis Catholic High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis.
Mr. Collins is the Special Assistant to the Shelby County District Attorney General and is responsible for violent juvenile crime and truancy. Councilman Collins is also responsible for the District Attorney’s Mentoring Program for seven middle schools. They are Chickasaw, Georgian Hills, Hamilton, Hickory Ridge, Ridgeway, Sherwood and Westside and six elementary schools, Corning, Ford Road, Hickory Ridge, Shannon, Westwood and Winridge. Along with those duties, Mr. Collins manages the offices’ Do the Write Thing Challenge. Founded in 1996, the National Campaign to Stop Violence (the “NCSV”) is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization composed of business, community and governmental leaders who have come together to reduce youth violence in homes, schools and neighborhoods across the United States.
The Do the Write Thing Challenge (the “Challenge”) is an initiative of the NCSV designed to give middle school students the opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives and to communicate in writing what they think should be done to change our culture of violence. Personal responsibility is emphasized. By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program ultimately seeks to help them break the cycles of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. Since 2006, the District Attorney’s Office under Mr. Collins’ leadership has taken a total of 49 students, parents and teachers to Washington, D.C. at no expense to meet with others middle school students from across the Country to address violence in their communities and solutions they would use to solve it.
Mr. Collins previously owned and operated Advanced Corrections, Inc., a private probation firm for non-violent offenders. With more than 20 years of Criminal Justice experience, Councilman Collins has extensive knowledge of local, state and federal governmental agencies.
Councilman Collins is active in civic and community affairs. He is Past-President of the National Convocation of Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 2006-2008, and serves on the Board of Directors of Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) and is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Methodist Hospital South.
Councilman Collins is also a member and Past President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Memphis Alumni Chapter. A 2006 graduate of Nexus Leadership Institute, 1999 graduate of the Leadership Institute of Memphis and was named a “Top 40 under 40” by Memphis Business Journal magazine. He served as Past-President of Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch, Past-President of The University of Memphis Rebounders, Chairman of the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, and a Board Member of the Memphis/Shelby Community Crime Commission. He affiliated with the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, American Probation and Parole Association, and the National Institute of Justice.
Councilman Collins and his wife Kimberly Williams have two daughters, Sydney and Erin. The family attends Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.