Lowery and Herenton will meet Monday to talk transition

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council Chairman Myron Lowery will step in as interim mayor when Herenton's resignation takes effect this coming Friday.

And the two men will meet Monday to begin the process of passing the baton.
At a Fourth of July celebration Saturday, Lowery talked about what he plans to discuss with Herenton.

He says he needs some insight into matters to which the city council is not privy.

"The mayor would know more about pending negotiation that the council has not been informed about," said Lowery. "For example, the latest on Bass Pro and the Pyramid. I need to know about that...the latest discussion on the fairgrounds."

With several resignations about to take effect, Lowery says some city business was left hanging in the balance. For example, residents are concerned about their community centers being closed due to budget cuts.

"It's extremely difficult, but it is what it is. We have to do the best that we can to keep citizens informed," he said.

Lowery says he'll know by Thursday which city administrators want to leave and which want to stay on. Then, he can make his own appointments.

"The city council will receive from me at least one nomination for CAO, and I'd like for them to act on that as soon as possible. They may receive others as well," he said.

Sources confirm Jack Sammons will be the new CAO.
Lowery's last council meeting will take place Tuesday.

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