County mayor declines to sign ‘no confidence’ resolution against Division of Corrections Director

County mayor declines to sign ‘no confidence’ resolution against Division of Corrections Director

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Mayor Lee Harris has decided not to side with the Shelby County Commission’s “no confidence” resolution, recommending that the Director of the Division of Corrections be terminated.

Last month, retired corrections officer Gerald Green presented Shelby County commissioners with documents, photos and video from a private investigator showing Anthony Alexander lived outside Shelby County in Tipton County.

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Green says a Memphis address that Alexander claims to live at is an empty apartment.

Shelby County’s charter says all employees who are appointed, like the corrections director, must live in Shelby County, according to a county attorney.

In the vote of no confidence resolution it cites Alexander’s “alleged lack of compliance with the county’s charter” and his "alleged lack of diplomacy, motivation and team building skills” and that the time is ripe for new leadership.

Harris says he believes that Shelby County employees should be entitled to some level of due process.

“I do not believe any employee should face adverse employment action solely as a result of allegations that have not been investigated. That would set a dangerous precedent that could hurt many more employees and do grave damage to employee morale,” said Harris.

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