Three Shelby County commissioners and a former suburban mayor are vying for the appointment to serve as the next Shelby County Mayor.
The Shelby County Commission is to vote Monday on the appointment to fill out the ten months left in the term of AC Wharton Jr. who became Memphis Mayor after the Oct. 15 special election.
Commission chairwoman Joyce Avery is serving as county mayor for up to 45 days. She is not among the four contenders who filed an application and underwent a background check before today’s interviews during committee sessions.
The four contenders are:
County Commissioner J.W. Gibson
County Commissioner Joe Ford
County Commissioner George Flinn
And former Collierville Mayor Linda Kerley.
Each identified the financial crisis at The Regional Medical Center as a top priority if they are selected. All said they would not be a candidate in the 2010 county elections. Flinn qualified that slightly by saying he would not run in 2010 if he wins the appointment.
There are a few parliamentary wrinkles and considerations going into Monday’s decision.
It will take seven votes to select the interim county mayor. But the three commissioners seeking the job won’t be able to vote even if they are eliminated over several rounds of voting. The ruling by Assistant County Attorney and parliamentarian Christy Kinard means the winner will have to get seven of nine available votes on the commission if all three commissioners stay in the running.
Picking one of the three commissioners would also mean the commission would then have to fill a vacant seat on the body as well.
Look for a preview of the County Commission’s decision in Monday’s edition of The Daily News. We will tweet the commission choice and provide a full account on www.memphisdailynews.com, later in the day Monday.