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Lowery introduces staff at town hall meeting

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Turnout was impressive Friday at a town hall meeting called by Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery at City Hall.

As he runs the city and campaigns to get the job permanently, Lowery says he is trying making his transition transparent.  At Friday's town hall, Lowery introduced his team, as division directors from every department of city government described their duties and fielded questions from the public.

"To let citizens know that their government is listening to them," he said.

Lowery has a lot to do in very little time, and his eight day tenure has already had its share of controversy.  

"Well, there's only been one minor distraction," Lowery said. "Other than that minor distraction, everyone else is on board."

Lowery and city attorney Elbert Jefferson were friendly in front of the public Friday, giving no hint of their ongoing feud. 

"We're here to serve you, the people," he said.

It was Jefferson who served Lowery with a lawsuit after the Mayor Pro Tem attempted to have him fired seconds after been sworn in.  Lowery was ruffled by rumors that Jefferson wants to relocate to another office in city hall. 

"No, where did the rumors come from? Next question," he said.

It's definitely a new day in city government.  But Myron Lowery hasn't ruled out whether he'll pursue his attempt to find a new attorney to represent the city.

"I haven't made any decision on that," he said. "I haven't made any decision."

After the town hall meeting, Lowery greeted the public in his new office Friday.  Hoping to send a message of transparency in city government, Lowery offered the public a rare glimpse into City Hall's seventh floor mayoral suite.

Quite a few taxpayers took him up on the offer to see where Lowery will be spending the next 90 days.  Among those people was Memphain Robert Tisdall, who was curious to see how the other half lives.

"I've been in Memphis for 66 years," Tisdall said. "I was pretty impressed good view. Wonder who pays the bills around here?"

Former Mayor Willie Herenton was not a fan of the open door policy, especially when visitors were members of the media.  For years, the press was banned from the entire 7th floor.

But Friday, seasoned journalists like the Memphis Flyer's Jackson Baker and our own Joe Birch took advantage of a new day in city government.

Nearly a dozen candidates have declared their intention to run for mayor in a special election to be held October 15th.

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