Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has been busy since his appointment as police director in April.
Armstrong took stock of what he and City Council member Jim Strickland termed a “challenging” tenure today at the Memphis Kiwanis Club.
The tenure has included the death in the line of duty of an officer, the flooding of the Police Training Academy in Frayser, a Presidential visit with the security details attendant with any visit by the leader of the free world and the logistics of moving the Memphis in May International Barbecue Cooking Contest to Tiger Lane.
What he didn’t mention was the covert tape recording of his first gathering with officers in which Armstrong served notice that there would be changes in the upper ranks and some of those in the room would not be happy with the changes.
But he hinted at it as we put our tape recorder on the podium for his speech at The Peabody.
“At least he let me know he’s recording it,” Armstrong joked. “It’s a good thing.”