Wharton paints bleak picture in 'State of the County' address - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Wharton paints bleak picture in 'State of the County' address

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The state of Shelby County is not good, according to Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton.

Speaking to the Memphis Rotary Club on Tuesday, Wharton painted a bleak picture for the county's immediate future.

"We can't have everything we want when we want it," Wharton told the audience. "Those days have passed."

Wharton said certain services in Shelby County will have to be cut, and there may need to be rolling days off for certain county employees.

For instance, he said, employees in certain departments may need to give up one work day a month, or undergo other schedule adjustments.

"Four day work week," he said. "Some offices may not open every day."

Wharton said essential services won't be cut, but users of other services may experience delays.

"You may not be able to have an inspector out right away," he said.

Wharton also addressed the crime problem during his speech, saying he wants to get tough on people caught with guns without permits.

Right now, that's a misdemeanor, but "it ought to be a felony," the mayor said.

Wharton is also pushing for pre-trial detention, where, for certain crimes, bond would be set so high a suspect would not be able to bail out.

"I know it's a deterrent," he said.

You can watch Wharton's entire speech in the video player on this page.

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