A Editorial in the Commercial Appeal recently noted that the Law Enforcement Task Force recommendation to the Shelby County Commission would be heard in a Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 and could be acted on by the full Shelby County Commission as early as the 1:30 p.m., Monday, January 28, 2008 meeting.
(Shelby County Commission agendas’ are posted at www.ShelbyCountytn.gov.)
This Proposals recommends a series of “inter-local agreements” that would eventually lead to the MEMPHIS MAYOR appointing the County Sheriff!
The Task Force Recommendation is available at www.Lakelandtn.gov.
The Lakeland Board of Commissioners has reviewed this proposal and STRONGLY OPPOSE this recommendation and urge Lakeland residents to also strongly oppose this Task Force recommendation. (See Resolution on www.Lakelandtn.gov.)
While the Task Force Recommendation supposedly could not be legally implemented under the current Shelby County Charter and the Tennessee Constitution, if this was combined with a Charter Amendment, it could lead to the Memphis Mayor appointing the County Sheriff!
I urge all residents to contact ALL of the Shelby County Commissioners and advising them you oppose the Task Force Recommendation. If possible, plan to attend the Shelby County Commission meeting on Monday, January 28, 2008 to personally oppose this recommendation.
The Shelby County Commission has publicized the Charter Amendments and are holding 13 Public Hearings across the County on the Charter amendments. This indicates a major effort by the Shelby County Commission and the individual Commissioners to LISTEN to County residents on this matter, so I encourage all residents to speak up/write up and notify the County Commissioners of your opinions!
County Commissioner contacts are noted below.
Shelby County Board of Commissioners Office
160 N. Main Street, Suite 450
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone - (901) 545-4301
FAX - (901) 545-4283
Chairman David H. Lillard, Jr.,
Mike Ritz, Commissioner - Dist. 1, Pos.
George Flinn, Commissioner - Dist. 1,
Mike Carpenter, Commissioner - Dist.
1, Pos. 3
J.W. Gibson, Commissioner - Dist. 2,
Henri E. Brooks, Commissioner - Dist.
2, Pos. 2
Deidre Malone, Commissioner - Dist.
2, Pos. 3
James Harvey, Commissioner - Dist. 3,
Sidney Chism, Commissioner - Dist. 3,
Joe Ford, Commissioner - Dist. 3,
Joyce Avery, Commissioner - Dist. 4,
Wyatt Bunker, Commissioner - Dist.
4, Pos. 2
Steve Mulroy, Commissioner - Dist. 5