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City waits to see who else will resign

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - When current Mayor Willie Herenton announced his intent to resign, he acknowledged he wouldn't go alone. 

"It's always been understood that once I retired, they would retire. So we would have some announcements of some other retirements next week," Herenton said Thursday.

As the current Memphis City Council Chairman, Myron Lowery is in line to take over as interim Mayor of Memphis.

"Quite frankly, I'm pleased," Lowery said Friday. "I'm pleased because this makes my job easier."

Lowery said change would be coming, one way or the other.

"There are some individuals within the administration who I feel are ill-suited for the jobs they had," Lowery said. "And I think those individuals know who they are, and many of them will be leaving on their own before I'm sworn in."

Though his interim term will last no more than 180 days, Lowery promises that top staff will change somehow.

"If they don't leave, yes, I will be taking action," he said. "And anyone who knows me knows that I will, yes."

In recent weeks, the administration has taken heat for the management of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center, and for the way some high-ranking city employees used the city's auto fleet.

Lowery says he already taking stock.

"I'm not prepared to name personalities, but you're aware of some of the controversies that have happened in this city and those controversies have been the result of what I feel is poor leadership," Lowery said.

Lowery plans to run in the special election, as does A C Wharton, Kenneth Whalum, Carol Chumney, and likely a host of others.  The winner will serve the remainder of Herenton's term.

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