About Collierville


Collierville, Tennessee

The town of Collierville is the second oldest town in Shelby County located approximately 20 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee.

Town History:
In 1836, Collierville received its name from an entrepreneur named Jesse R. Collier who laid out a tract of land into lots and bought space in the Memphis Enquirer which advertised "The Town of Collier for Sale."  First incorporated in 1850, Collierville was  located first east of its present site, with Richard Ramsey as the first mayor.

The first town of Collierville fell victim to Sherman's March to the Sea. On Sunday morning October 11, 1863 Union General William T. Sherman and his solders defended the train depot from the Confederates. The Union and Confederate soldiers fought one of the bloodiest battles in Collierville and the town was nearly burned to the ground with only a few buildings surviving.

Harrison Irby and Virginus Leake bought and sold roughly ninety acres in lots. Collierville was incorporated again on February 17, 1870 with James B. Abbington serving as mayor. Collierville Town Square was the business center of town and enhanced Collierville's ability to become a progressive community following the Civil War.

civil war cannon
Gazebo at Confederate Park - Collierville Town Square

Around 1876, a two-story bandstand was constructed in Confederate Park where it stood until 1955 when it was destroyed by a tornado. Ten years later it was replaced by a wrought iron, cedar-shake, octagon-shaped gazebo that remains in the heart of the square today.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Collierville's Town Square continues to be a major source of pride among our residents today. Confederate Park is in the center of this business district - a monument to the southern tradition that has been lost in many larger cities. Confederate Park has served as the site for various events and festivals. In the past, such events were the Cheese Carnival and Watermelon Festival. Many of these traditional events have continued and are celebrated as Fair on the Square, Mulberry Fine Arts Festival, Christmas in Collierville to name a few.

The 1900's were a time of tremendous growth for Collierville as it served as the "trade center" of the cotton industry for several surrounding counties. In the late 1920's when the boll weevil's untimely visit occurred, Collierville began to develop the dairy industry. By 1933, Collierville's importance as a dairy center led to the establishment of a cheese plant by Swift & Co. Soon, Collierville became the cheese-making capital of West Tennessee.

Stage Coach Rest Stop
train in Collierville Town Square

By 1953, industry was fast becoming a sizable contributor to Collierville's economy. Companies such as Hart's Manufacturing, Wonder Products, Walker Machine Products and The Bodine Company provided employment for many in the Collierville area.  Once a sleepy Southern town, Collierville is now a dynamic community that boasts friendly people, outstanding services, scenic beauty and prosperous businesses. Home to approximately 42,000 people and facilities such as Federal Express's state-of-the-art Information Technology campus, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Carrier Corporation and several other manufacturing companies, Collierville has become a much-desired community in which to live and do business. In 2004 Collierville was named by Money Magazine as a Top 10 Eastern US Community. Collierville was recently chosen as one of Relocate-America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2008.

Throughout Collierville's history, the commitment to quality living and dedication to preserving the past has remained constant.  As our Historic Town Square thrives, it serves as a reminder of our humble beginnings and as a beacon for a prosperous future.


Town Government

A Board of Mayor and five Alderpersons are elected by popular vote for four-year terms.

The Town Administrator and all department directors are appointed by the Board of Mayor and Alderpersons.  Current government officials are:
Mayor Stan Joyner
Mayor Stan Joyner, Jr. 
 

Vice Mayor Jim LottAlderman Tom AllenAlderman Tony SarwarAlderman Maureen FraserAlderman Billy Patton


 Town Hall

Town Hall500 Poplar View Parkway, Collierville TN 38017 
Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Collierville provides a full range of municipal services including police, fire and paramedic service, streets and drainage construction and maintenance, sanitation, cultural and recreational, planning and zoning and administrative services. In addition, the town operates a water and sewer utility system.

ADMINISTRATION DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Mayor's Office - 457-2200
Public Information Officer - 457-2210
Human Resources - 457-2290
Town Administrator - 457-2200
Town Clerk - 457-2212
Code Enforcement Div. - 457-2310
Development Director - 457-2300
Engineering Div. - 457-2340
Planning Div. - 457-2360
Accounts Payable - 457-2230
Business Tax Collections - 457-2280
Finance Director - 457-2220
Property Tax Collections - 457-2281
Purchasing Dept. - 457-2250
Utility Billing/Connects - 457-2240

Public Services Department

Welcome to  The Mayor's Action Center , an easy way to communicate with the Town of Collierville so that we may address your public service needs.

Requests are reviewed during normal business hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday). If time sensitive assistance is needed, please call The Mayor’s Action Center at (901) 457-2222 during normal business hours or Police Dispatch at (901) 853-3207 after normal business hours. For life threatening emergencies, always call 911.

Information received may be considered public information which is subject to disclosure under current Tennessee law.

Municipal Court
Collierville Municipal Court 
156 N. Rowlett
Collierville, TN 38017

 

Business Hours:
8:00am-4:30pm
Monday-Friday

Judge:
William Craig Hall

Municipal Court Clerk:
Rae Dowdy

Prosecutors:
Mark McDaniel
Chris Nearn
Loys (Trey) Jordan

The Municipal Court has general sessions jurisdiction over all misdemeanor cases and hears felony cases up to preliminary hearing. In addition, the Judge hears adult and juvenile traffic cases and city code violations.

The Court Clerk is responsible for managing court operations, developing and implementing court policy and procedures, and collecting all fines, fees, forfeitures and taxes. The Court Clerk's Office has a staff of 8 deputy court clerks who prepare felony, misdemeanor, traffic, and city code cases for the court docket, process court orders, judgments and traffic citations, process and maintain the court docket, and issue warrants.

Court Dress Code

Defendant must be appropriately dressed to be admitted into the courtroom.

  • No shorts or short skirts
  • No hats/head covering
  • No halter/tank tops
  • No exposed midriffs
  • No low-cut tops or dresses
  • No pants hanging below the waist
  • No torn clothing or clothing with holes
  • No inappropriate or distasteful logos on clothing
  • No shirts hanging outside pants

Collierville Fire and Rescue

Emergency:  9-1-1

Fire Administration Office
1251 Peterson Lake Rd.
Collierville, Tn. 38017
Business Phone:  (901) 457-2400 
Business Fax:  (901) 457-2492
Normal Business Hours:  7 am - 4pm (M-F)


Important Phone Numbers
COLLIERVILLE POLICE DEPT. SERVICE NUMBERS
Emergency 911 Animal Services 457-2670
Police Dispatch 853-3207 Auto tags 545-4244
Police Information 457-2500 Chamber of Commerce 853-1949
Recruitment/Public Relations 457-2560 Code Enforcement 457-2310
Police Records 457-2561 Collierville Post Office 853-4843
Special Operation Division 457-2562 Collierville water/sewer/utilities 457-2220
Criminal Investigations Division 457-2520 Fire, non-emergency 457-2400
Domestic Violence Unit 457-2530 Garbage pick up 853-3215
Crime Stoppers 457-2274 Harrell Theatre 853-3228
  Administration 457-2510
  Library 457-2600
  Parks and Recreation 457-2770
  Shelby County Health Dept. 854-6775
Please visit Shelby County Most Wanted and Memphis Crime Stoppers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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