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Embattled Memphis city attorney resigns

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - City Attorney Elbert Jefferson has resigned.

He announced his resignation Friday in a letter to Memphis Mayor-Elect AC Wharton. Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery also received a copy.

The embattled city attorney has been on sick leave.

The Shelby County District Attorney filed suit to oust Jefferson from office, alleging misconduct. Jefferson authorized a $55,000 payment to private attorneys representing then-Mayor Willie Herenton.

Although resigning from his post as city attorney, Jefferson tells Wharton in the letter that he wants to continue working for the city.

"While I fully recognize that my employment with the City of Memphis is by virtue of an appointment and not pursuant to any civil service provision, I would request that you consider my continued service to the city in some capacity which you may feel appropriate," he said.

In a separate letter last Thursday to acting Memphis City Attorney Veronica Coleman, Jefferson requested the city provide him with legal representation in connection with the case brought against him by the D.A..

Click here to read the letter.

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