Michael Hooks Sr. resigns from Shelby County Commission

A Mid-South lawmaker and longtime political figure indicted in the Tennessee Waltz corruption scandal announced his resignation Monday.

Shelby County Commissioner Michael Hooks Senior said today his resignation would be effective Monday, August 21, the same day his case is scheduled to go to trial.

After 12 years on the Shelby County Commission, and two terms as chairman of the commission, Michael Hooks, Sr. his colleagues Monday's meeting would be his last. Hooks said he was resigning now, not wanting to overshadow the last week of service of the other 7 outgoing commissioners.

"It should be a day of joy," Hooks said.  "It should be a day where you say goodbye.  It shouldn't be clouded by me going through trial and me serving on the County Commission."

Commissioner Julian Bolton was sympathetic to Hooks' situation. "Commissioner Hooks and I have been friends for a long time," Bolton said.  "It's unfortunate he feels he has to do this, but I'm confident we will remain friends, and possibly continue our public service together in years to come."

Hooks is accused of accepting bribes from undercover FBI agents.  He is charged in the Tennessee Waltz investigation, which centered around an FBI front company called E-Cycle Management.