Commissioner Justin Ford was first elected to the Shelby County Board of Commissioners in the August 5, 2010 general election to represent District 3 Position 3 - the position previously held by his father Joe Ford. Commissioner Ford was the youngest commissioner ever elected in Shelby County. One of his many successes includes saving Shelby County Schools, specifically, Westhaven Elementary School.
Commissioner Ford was re-elected in August of 2014 to represent District 9, one of the 13 - new single member districts which includes President’s Island, Westwood, Twinkletown and Graceland. Following his re-election Commissioner Ford’s colleagues then chose him to serve as County Commissioner Chairman for 2014-2015, making him the youngest commissioner to have ever led the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. As Chairman, Commissioner Ford was actively involved in serving on all 14 Shelby County Commission Standing Committees. His responsibility included oversight of a $1.6 billion dollar budget and under his tenure Shelby County experienced a $26 million dollar surplus. Additionally, as Chairman, Commissioner Ford instituted a summer youth jobs program, as well as, a 501(c)(3) grant program whereby proceeds are made available in each of Shelby County’s 13 districts.
Commissioner Ford is an active business and community leader in Memphis. He is a licensed Funeral Director in the State of Tennessee. Commissioner Ford is Vice President of Joe Ford Funeral Home and Owner and Operator of the Justin Ford Funeral Home. A lifelong Democrat, Commissioner Ford graduated from White Station High School in 2002 and attended the University of Mississippi, majoring in Political Science. He graduated from Northwest Mississippi Community College with a degree in Funeral Service Technology.
Commissioner Ford is the son of former County Commissioner and Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford and Cheryl Ford. He attends St. James AME Church in Memphis.
“First, allow me to thank you for your invaluable support. Without you, I would not have been able to serve the citizens of Shelby County as your Commissioner. Having served on the Shelby County Board of Commissioner for over five years, and recently as the body’s Chairman, I have long worked for positive change in Shelby County. I now desire to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the Memphis City Court Clerk’s office. I hope that you will help me make a difference and bring better government to the people of Memphis.”