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Sammons tapped to be city's interim CAO

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Sources say former Memphis City Councilman Jack Sammons is tapped to be the the city's interim CAO.

When Mayor Willie Herenton's resignation takes effect July 10, Myron Lowery will take over as mayor for 90 days. 

"Discernable results the public can see during this brief period of time for Mayor Lowery...and that's what our job on the transition team is - to assist him in that regard," said Sammons.

Sammons served on the city council for 20 years. His day job is in finance, and he says he'll work to balance the city budget.

"At the end of the day, most of the budget of the city is in people and there are a lot of complications involving union contracts, but jobs that become vacant through attrition," he said. "I suspect the transition team will make recommendations in that regard."

But, he says, safety is the most important issue.

"I'm anxious to hear from the police director. I support Larry Godwin - I think he does a fine job - but I think we need to see what tools can we give him to help him make Memphis a safer place," he said.

Sammons says he'd also like to see more civic pride.

"Cleaning up the city is a big part of it, and I think we want everybody who owns a broom to use it," he said.

Sammons did have his eye on the mayor's seat at one point, but now he says he's just interested in serving in whatever capacity works best for the city.

"Whether I'm the mayor or the dog catcher, it's really not important," he said. "I really do think our better days are ahead of us."

Sources say Lowery plans to invite the public to see the mayor's office for the first time when he is sworn in on July 10.

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