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Sweeping changes announced inside city's General Services dept.

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Sweeping changes to Memphis' embattled General Services Department, complete with resignations, were announced at a press conference Friday afternoon.

For months the Wharton administration has been examining problems at the city's General Services Division, a department plagued with inefficient business practices. 

Friday, Memphis CAO George Little announced a major restructuring.  

"The restructuring is guided by a set of principals which I think, quite frankly, is one of the things that's been missing," Little said. "There hasn't been an overriding set of principals."

Six people were given a two-week notice that their positions are being cut from the division.  The majority of them work in Fleet Services, where numerous discrepancies surfaced over how the department was being run, with seemingly no oversight, and exorbitant spending.   

"The operations manager, Wesley Regee's position, I understand he'll be meeting with the retirement staff this afternoon," Little said. "The manager over, I believe, light vehicle maintenance, Mr. Jerry Osborn, went ahead and exercised his retirement rights."

There is no telling how much money was lost, but Little says the changes will save the city $560,000 a year.  Little won't distinguish which employees are being let go because of wrongdoing and which are simply casualties of the clean up.  But he didn't want to wait for the results of an FBI investigation to make changes.  

"These are things that we felt didn't need to wait until the legal processes ran their course," he said.

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