Judge Names Special Master for Shelby Schools Merger

U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays this week named former city of Memphis chief administrative officer Rick Masson as special master to oversee the county and city schools merger. Mays also enumerated specific duties for Masson, who has worked in city government for most of his career, according to the Commercial Appeal. The appointment generally was met with positive reviews. The Memphis Daily News has more on Masson's past and the reputation he has developed, including that of "bridge builder" and "fixer," according to another source.