Richard Donnell has been selected to fill the unexpired term left vacant by Jackson District 3 Councilman Ernest Brooks II, who left the position in November to serve as associate deputy district attorney for the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office in Memphis. Donnell is presently employed as an advisor to the president and vice president of institutional advancement for Lane College in Jackson. An attorney, Donnell was recently awarded the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for his work. He serves as project coordinator of the college’s Second Chance Pell program, which offers college-credit courses to inmates at the Northwest Correctional Complex. Donnell is also the host of two Jackson-based radio programs. He holds his law degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Lambuth University.