City waits as mayor weighs options for career change - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

City waits as mayor weighs options for career change

If Mayor Willie Herenton follows through on his plan to resign in July, voters will have to elect a new Memphis Mayor.

 "Until something occurs that triggers an election process to occur we're on our normal election cycle," James Johnson of the election commission said.

Johnson said Mayor Herenton came to him on Monday with questions. 
"Basically he was just inquiring about the definitions of municipal elections versus general elections," Johnson said.

But Johnson cannot schedule a special mayoral election until city administrators instruct him to do so.  And time is running out for candidates to file for the August election. 

Since the deadline to file for the next election is next week, it will probably be November before Memphis picks a new mayor. On the same day a new president is picked.

Herenton hinted that if he resigns he would like his Chief Admisinstrative Officer Keith McGhee to replace him as interim mayor. 

But city councilman Bill Boyd said the mayor does not have that power.

"That is strictly up to the city council according to the charter so I don't know how he could guarantee that in any manner," Boyd said.

It seems the entire city is in limbo while the mayor weighs his options for a career change.

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