Mayor Pro Tem Lowery assembles staff

Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery
Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery's new team met for the first time Monday on the seventh floor of City Hall, as rumblings over the interim mayor's appointees began to surface two floors below in the fifth floor City Council offices.
The mayor and his staff are learning the lay of the land as Lowery's staff brings the new office up to speed, by assigning phones and moving work materials into Mayor Willie Herenton's old digs.
Monday, Lowery introduced staffers to one another and said he wanted to surround himself with people of integrity who can hit the ground running.    
"This is the first time all four of us have been together," he pointed out before naming the members of his team.
"Donna Davis, with a wealth of news experience.  Veronica Coleman-Davis with the U.S. Attorney's Office and Jack Sammons, former councilman," explained Lowery.
"It's definitely fast-paced.  We hit the ground running.  We've got meetings, we've got appointments, we've got media interviews.  There's no shortage of things to be done," said Davis.
As Lowery and his staff settle in, the lawsuit filed by City Attorney Elbert Jefferson hangs over City Hall, after Lowery had police escort the Herenton appointee from the building as his first official act.  (Click here to read the lawsuit.)
Lowery says he's not worried about the lawsuit.
"Are you kidding?  Listen, I'm bringing good government to this city," he declared.
Meanwhile, Memphis City Council members have their own thoughts.
"You do have an ongoing issue of a mayor who has a city attorney that he does not wish to work with or particularly trust and the trust factor between an attorney and client is important," said Councilman Shea Flinn.
"Do disrupt city government in that manner, I am concerned and I have expressed the same to the mayor pro tem," Councilwoman Wanda Halbert countered.
Coleman-Davis is currently serving as deputy director.
Lowery hopes the council will swear her in as city attorney Tuesday when Council meetings are expected to be particularly rocky.
"We need for this to be a seamless transition and for the citizens of Memphis to know that even in this transition period, we've got someone steady at the ship," Davis assured.

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