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Transition team to shake-up Memphis City Hall

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The man who will soon control the city of Memphis' money is a former Memphis City Council member.  Sources tell Action News 5 that Jack Sammons will replace Keith McGee as Chief Administrative Officer for the city.

But Sammons isn't the only one shaking up City Hall as Myron Lowery's transition team prepares to begin its work.  Next Friday, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton is out, and Lowery is in.

In an interview Tuesday, Lowery said his transition team will have carte blanche on what happens to the city for the next month and a half.

"It will be headed up by council member Bill Boyd," Lowery said of his team.

Boyd will be the only council member on the five-person team.  The others will come from outside City Hall.  The team will review everything, from actions Herenton has taken since his resignation announcement, to the future of the Pyramid Arena and Mid-South Fairgrounds, to personnel.

"To advise me on the things I need to look at and the changes that need to be made imminently," Lowery said.

After Monday's announcement that three controversial Public Services employees will retire, Lowery said his transition team will look at their replacements and determine if other positions are unnecessary.

"I do not want to be so presumptuous to name any names for any positions before I'm sworn in," Lowery said.

But, Lowery said anyone he wants to stay in place already knows.

"There are clearly others in this administration that I would like to stay," he said. "People I think would do a good job, and they know who they are."

Lowery confirmed he's bringing in former 20-year City Councilman Jack Sammons to be part of his transition team.

Neither Lowery nor Sammons would confirm that Sammons will replace Chief Administrative Officer Keith McGee, who leaves Independence Day, but a source says that is likely what will happen.

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