Head of Memphis Police Association to resign - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Head of Memphis Police Association to resign

Saying he refuses to accept a demotion, the president of the Memphis Police Associate has announced he will resign.

Last month, Action News 5 reported the MPA sued the Memphis Police Department and the city of Memphis because Police Director Larry Godwin stated Lt. Gene Hulley, as a member of department management, cannot hold a union office.

The position of union president will be on the MPA's ballot during their April 4th elections.  Hulley said he will step down the next day.

A letter distributed by Hulley to union members has been reprinted below:

In November of 2007, I made a choice to run for President of the MPA with intentions of doing great things for the Association. I have accomplished exactly what I set out to do.  I have fulfilled my campaign promises. I am now, and will forever be grateful to all of those who supported me in that endeavor. Today I still have those aspirations of doing great things with the Association. The past few months have been very trying for this Association as well as my family.  I refuse to take a demotion and give up ground already taken. I hope that any officer would never give up what they earned in order to give in.  I feel comfortable that I have been doing the best that I possibly can under the circumstances. Better things will be accomplished in the future under the leadership of Sgt. Rab Edwards. I have decided to be the better man in this battle with the city, and leave on my terms, knowing I have accomplished what I set out to do. I must do what is best for this Association. I will be placing the President's seat on the ballot in the upcoming election to be held April 4th 2008. Once the election is completed and there is a confirmed winner for my seat, I will resign the next day. I know this is somewhat shocking, but I feel it is in the best interest of the Association.

This decision has absolutely nothing to do with the events that have unfolded over the past couple of weeks with regard to the Financial Oversight Committee. I still stand behind those findings, and that information has been turned over to the Federal authorities where it will be dealt with until its completion. I/we owe Rab Edwards and Rick Melton a great deal of gratitude for their efforts in correcting a serious problem within our Association. I support both of these men and think that they are great assets to our membership. Let’s keep the momentum going and take this Association and its membership to a higher level than it has ever been in the past. Be strong, be involved, and support those people who have your best interest at heart. For you naysayers, where is your courage to step up to do what we have accomplished? Our actions will always speak louder than our words.

The only constant in our universe is change.

Sincerely Yours,

Gene E. Hulley
President – Memphis Police Association

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