Outgoing Shelby Co. Commissioners preparing for last few weeks in office

Outgoing Shelby Co. Commissioners preparing for last few weeks in office

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Just three weeks remain before eight Shelby County Commissioners leave office, including one member who has served since the early 1970s.

This is the biggest turnover for Shelby County Commission in quite some time.

We found outgoing commissioners are spending their last few days in office, trying to wrap up some important business.

Heidi Shafer--chairwoman of the Shelby County Commission and one of the commissioners leaving office because of term limits--said outgoing commissioners are spending their finals days in office looking at options for a new juvenile justice center, figuring out how to help more local businesses, and there's always the possibility of responding to last-minute vetoes from the mayor.

And while the work continues, she said don't expect too much.

"What we're trying to do is put a good closing point on anything that we're doing. We're trying not to start too many new things," Shafer said. "I'm very proud of the work that we've done."

Walter Bailey, Jr. is the commission's longest serving member, serving every year but four since 1971, but he, too, is term-limited.

"I really didn't anticipate being on there 44 years--almost half a century," he said.

He plans to spend the final days in office focused on fighting poverty.

"We've got to make sure that adequate government services are provided," Bailey said.

Though Shafer and Bailey, and many of their colleagues, are leaving office, they said they plan to remain involved in their communities, fighting for causes they believe in.

The newly elected county commissioners will take office, along with other newly elected county officials, on September 1.

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