Wharton assistant demoted for skipping auto inspection - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Wharton assistant demoted for skipping auto inspection

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An assistant to Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton has been demoted for avoiding auto inspections when he registered the mayor's car.

Gerald Fanion received waivers from employees in the clerk's office for a Mercedes Benz belonging to Wharton and his wife.

An internal investigation found Fanion asked for the waiver to avoid going through city-mandated inspections.

In a statement Thursday, a county spokesperson said, "Wharton understood that the vehicle was being inspected and registered by Mr. Fanion on his personal time. All witnesses confirmed that neither Mayor Wharton nor Mrs. Wharton was aware that the vehicle had not been properly inspected."

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