Jack Sammons approved as Memphis CAO - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jack Sammons approved as Memphis CAO

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Memphis City Council voted in favor of appointing Jack Sammons as the city's new chief administrative officer.

Sammons will take the job in May after he finishes duties at Memphis International Airport.

"I think what I've gotta do for a while here is an art that some have lost in business, and that's listen," said Sammons after his approval. "I haven't been in this building in a position of authority in five years. A lot has changed."

When the item came up for vote in the city council's chambers, Councilman Jim Strickland spoke against the decision. He called Sammons' appointment a political move by Mayor A C Wharton and a costly move for tax payers.

The position pays $150,000 per year, and Strickland argued that after a year, Sammons will collect a significant amount of pension money.

"His pension will be about twice as much as a career firefighter or police officer who works 25 years and puts their life on the line every day," Strickland added.

Strickland called Wharton's budget inflated and challenged him to remove unnecessary city positions and freeze salaries.

Despite Strickland's opposition, Sammons was appointed the new CAO and he is excited to start his new position.

"I look forward to working with you and, hopefully, we can work to build a better Memphis."

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