Council approves pay increase for mayor - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Council approves pay increase for mayor

 Members of the Memphis City Council approved a raise for the position of Memphis mayor during their meeting Tuesday night.

Council members approved a 7% pay increase, raising the mayor's salary $11,500 to $171,500 annually.

The pay increase was approved by an 8 to 5 vote.  E.C. Jones, Brent Taylor, Scott McCormick, Jack Sammons, and recent mayoral candidate Carol Chumney voted against the raise.

"As a candidate for mayor, I would not accept it, and said I would not accept it if elected," Chumney said.

Myron Lowery, who voted in favor of the increase, said his vote had nothing to do with Willie Herenton.

"For those of us who voted the way we did, we voted for the office, not the personality, because we felt the office deserved a raise," Lowery said.

Council Chairman Tom Marshall said the 7% increase was in line with rank and file city employees.

Mayor Herenton refused to comment on the increase before the vote was taken.

"The mayor does not set salaries, the council does," he said.  "Whatever is in their wisdom is what the mayor will honor."

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