Some council members not happy with new administrative appointments - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Some council members not happy with new administrative appointments

Mayor Willie Herenton did not want to talk about his new administrative appointments at a news conference about school safety.

The mayor appointed three of his former body guards and Yolanda McFadgon, a former police sergeant who was head of Herenton's body guard detail.

She also served several months in prison for hiding $70,000 in drug proceeds nine years ago.

Her new job is Deputy director of Public Services and Neighborhoods at a salary of just over one hundred thousand dollars a year.

Former body guards Tony Elion, now deputy director over waste management, was hired at a salary of just over $100,000.

Former body guard Michael Gray, now deputy director of Memphis Public Library and Information System, was hired at a salary of $103,000.

The mayor also created a position for LaSonya Hall. She is now deputy director of the executive division, making just under $100,000 a year.

A couple of city council members, who didn't want to be identified, said the the appointments are wasteful. And they wonder how qualified former body guards might be.

City council chairman Scott McCormick said the council cannot do anything about the appointments because it has control only over directors. These are deputy directors. He does plan to check to see if the council approved the position LaSonya Hall holds.

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