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Memphis CAO focuses on temporary employee pay

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery's top administrator said Thursday the previous mayoral administration left plenty of opportunities for the city to cut costs.

Current Memphis CAO Jack Sammons said he's combing through every bit of city government trying to trim fat.

"We've got to find some ways to save money," he said. "If we can reduce the temporary workforce, that's something we need to do."

Sammons said he has found places to cut costs, centering around the city's 1300 temporary employees, 93 of whom make more than $20 an hour.

"Generally temporary workers aren't considered to be executive jobs," he said. "It's just a different way of doing business, and one I'm not accustomed to from the private sector."

Sammons said he's also battling nepotism among temporary employees. For instance, General Services Director Estrice Boone has a nephew on staff.

"There's certainly redundancy in last names in some departments," he said. "We're addressing that matter as well."

By definition, temporary city workers are on the job no more than 1,040 hours per year.  They can be hired without officially opening the position to competition. 

Any job entailing more than 1,040 hours per year is defined as a full-time position that requires the city post the job for anyone interested to apply.

"We found an inordinate number of temporary workers who have exceeded the policy of working 1,040 a year," Sammons said. "So we've addressed that matter and we'll continue to drill down and determine if these temporary workers are really needed."

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