The Jefferson Saga & Byrd Is In County Mayor’s Race

The latest from City Hall on this very busy City Council day is that the council will take up the fate of City Attorney Elbert Jefferson at its full session at 3:30 pm. Jefferson made a brief appearance at morning committee sessions. But the council quickly decided to put off a committee discussion and do all of this “downstairs” as the council says in describing items that will go to the full body without committee discussion. Jefferson has indicated he will need an hour to tell his side of the story which includes an accounting of $55,000 in legal fees he ordered paid to the attorney representing former Mayor Willie Herenton in a federal investigation of Herenton’s private finances.
This morning, Mayor Pro Tempore Myron Lowery sent a memo to the council that reads:
“I have previously indicated my desire to terminate the services of Elbert Jefferson. Recent developments simply underscore my previous request. I also wish to reiterate that I am not asking that Mrs. (Veronica) Coleman-Davis be confirmed as City Attorney, but that the council simply accepts my recommendation to terminate Elbert Jefferson.”
The memo has caused a slight but important change in the wording of the council resolution, proposed by Bill Morrison, that would fire Jefferson. Instead of simply firing Jefferson, the resolution now makes it clear that the resolution “approves (Lowery’s) termination of Elbert Jefferson from the office of City Attorney.”
There is lots going on with several other political fronts.
Watch the Wednesday edition of The Daily News for the latest of the city mayor’s race. Several of the contenders are now focusing some of their rhetorical fire on not only rival and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. but the idea of consolidation as well.
And just in the old e-mail bag within the last few minutes, a statement and link to a video in which Harold Byrd declares he is running for Shelby County Mayor in 2010. This comes the same week that outgoing Shelby County Commission Deidre Malone is expected to kick off her bid in the 2010 Democratic primary for County Mayor as well.

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