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Chairman of Memphis City Council stepping down

The chairman of the Memphis City Council has announced he is stepping down.

In a press release issued overnight, Scott McCormick said he has accepted the job of Executive Director of the Plough Foundation, an organization that makes grants available in Memphis and Shelby County.

McCormick's resignation will be effective August 31st.
 
Scott McCormick has served in the District 9 Position 1 seat on the Memphis City Council since 2004, a district that includes Cordova, parts of east Memphis, Midtown, Raleigh, and Hickory Hill.

Soon after joining the council, McCormick helped broker a deal that ended the 12-Year Rule, which allowed early retirement for city employees.

In 2006, he tried - but failed - to censure then council members Rickey Peete and Edmund Ford, Senior after the two were charged in Operation Main Street Sweeper.

"I am very proud of the many things I've accomplished in the past few years on the City Council," McCormick said in a written statement.  "I look forward to continuing to serve my community outside of government."

"I am stepping down from public life but not stepping out of public service."

McCormick said that by stepping down before the end of August, election commissioners will have time to schedule a special election to fill his seat on the November 4th ballot.

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