Herenton remains low-key one day after resignation goes public - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Herenton remains low-key one day after resignation goes public

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton (file photo) Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton (file photo)

One day after Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton dropped a bombshell by announcing his pending resignation, Herenton was curiously unavailable Friday.

Herenton was very selective Thursday about how he released information about his resignation.  As the mayor traveled through Memphis Thursday evening, he was accompanied by an entourage that appeared to be protecting him from unwanted questions from the media.

Friday, because Memphis City Hall was closed, Action News 5's Janice Broach called Herenton for comment on his cell phone.  The mayor answered, but did not sound pleased.

"I don't know how you got this number," he said. "I'm spending a nice religious holiday with my family and friends.  You need to leave me alone.  Have a nice holiday."

Herenton then hung up.

Pete Aviotti, Herenton's top aid, said the mayor planned to pursue the job of Memphis City Schools superintendent after stepping down, because he believes he can do a better job than anyone else.

Once the mayor steps down, Memphis City Council chairman Scott McCormick will become mayor for 20 days.  The council could then appoint an interim mayor, leading up to a special election in November.

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