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3 of Herenton's appointees to retire

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Early Monday afternoon, a news release from City Hall revealed three city administrators shrouded in controversy are retiring.

According to the release, Kenneth Moody, Yalanda McFadgon, and Michael Gray will retire from their positions with the city of Memphis when Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton retires next month.

Politico Jackson Baker says department heads fall like dominoes during regime changes.

"You're going to see most of the change there because the new mayor will want to put his stamp on things," Baker said.

Public Services Director Ken Moody and Deputy Director Yalanda McFadgon faced accusations of shoddy leadership at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center. 

McFadgon could never shake her felony drug conviction, and many also questioned the experience of former Memphis Police officer Michael Gray - the current Public Libraries Deputy Director.

Monday, Baker said City Hall was buzzing about the changes.

"All this behind the scenes activity at City Hall...people trying to stay, people trying to leave," he said.

Baker said Interim Mayor Myron Lowery will begin separating "cronies" from vital staff.

"There are always carryovers because you have to have continuity of government. There's institutional memory," he said.

Insiders say there are five key positions that need to stay in place to keep City Hall afloat, starting with Housing and Community Development.

"Robert Lipscomb has been very close to the Mayor, but he's also been involved in every major project over the years," Baker said.

The four other keepers: Finance Director Roland McElrath, Fire Director Alvin Benson, MLGW President Jerry Collins and Police Director Larry Godwin.

Insiders also say with all the legal issues in motion, City Attorney Elbert Jefferson is a key player and Human Resources Director Lorene Essex would maintain continuity in the big employee shuffle.

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