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Employees fired at Memphis City Hall

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Change is coming to Memphis City Hall, even though the new mayor has yet to be sworn in.

Friday afternoon, pink slips were issued for members of the Lowery Administration by incoming Mayor A C Wharton.

Human resources issued letters to those members to tell them their services were no longer needed. The message came from across the way at the county building, where AC Wharton works.  After reading the letters, city hall staffers packed up their stuff into boxes and left.

Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery hinted that Mayor Elect Wharton was acting within reason.

"The mayor elect is entitled to bring in his own people to the executive level of city hall, and he will be doing it," Lowery said.

According to Bobby White, one of the Wharton staffers, there will be five or six new employees also moving to the 7th floor executive offices at city hall. The small group will take the place of the terminated employees.  Lowery said he has offered jobs in city government to those employees who got the notices, but some of those jobs pay half of what they make now.

"Any job is better than no job," Lowery said.

Wharton also plans to bring over office staff from the county office, including Kelly Rayne, a county attorney.  While some members of Lowery's administration are moving, two of those members will get to keep their jobs. Wharton also added two other employees who have never worked for the city of the county government.

Current city CAO Jack Sammons said he will stay to help with the transition.

"As the mayor he has the right and the obligation to bring in people he knows and trust," he said.

White said Wharton plans to have a very dynamic and progressive administration.

White also said the change will be gradual, and that Wharton will restructure the executive offices.

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