The following is Joseph Lee's farewell letter:
Dear Staff, Leadership, Employees of Memphis Light, Gas and Water:
Several weeks ago I tendered my resignation to Mayor Willie W. Herenton because I believed the controversy over the Ford matter was consuming an inordinate amount of time and energy.
The Mayor, in his wisdom and through his leadership of this great City, has now accepted that resignation and I will officially step down from my position as President of MLGW on tomorrow, May 4, 2007.
MLGW is an important asset for the citizens of Memphis and this entire community. Its employees and the rate payers deserve a well-run and efficiently-operated organization free from the type of controversy recently seen.
Throughout my tenure, I have striven to improve the services provided by MLGW and have successfully done so in many areas.
Nevertheless, I agree with the Mayor's decision that new leadership and a new beginning are needed to move this utility beyond its current difficulty.
As my service with MLGW comes to a close, I express my appreciation to the staff and management of the utility, the Mayor of Memphis for his leadership, and the citizens of this great City for having entrusted me with this awesome responsibility.
I wish you all the best.