Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is living up to his reputation as a leader by committee.
The Mayor -- who some have playfully referred to as "Appoint Committee Wharton" -- has pulled together a task force to address the recent woes at the City of Memphis Animal Shelter.
That's on top of his transition team tasked with scrutinizing City Hall divisions.
This task force will consist of area veterinarians, local citizens and other animal professionals and specialists versed in areas to address the shelter's needs.
The group, which will meet for the first time at City Hall on Friday at 2 p.m., will monitor progress at the shelter and report to the mayor. While the group may meet on an ongoing basis, they'll pull together a report of recommendations within 60 days.
Wharton has not revealed the names of committee members.
"It could be several months before any criminal complaints or indictments are handed down or are in place," Wharton said in a release. "But we can't wait that long. This is why we are doing our own assessment of this situation with the help of professionals. And we will decide if discipline or termination is called for or warranted."
At the meeting, task force members will discuss best practice procedures, training and retraining of shelter staff and personnel, expanding use of spay and neutering and more robust plans for animal adoption at the shelter.
Control of the shelter was seized by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office earlier this week following reports of maltreatment of animals.
Control of the shelter was returned to the city late Wednesday but investigators are still compiling a report of their findings.
Wharton said in the release that steps will be taken to adhere to all recommendations given in the report when it becomes available.