County attorneys say “probably” is close enough for Justin Ford

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County attorneys wrapped up their investigation into whether he lives in his district with a “probably.”

Jason Mays moved into the Fairway Apartments more than two years ago, but until Friday, never knew Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford is his neighbor.

“I don’t knock nobody for where they stay at. Or what they doing. If they are doing something positive, I’ve got positive things to say about it.”

The county attorneys office started questioning where Ford lives about the same time it investigated fellow Commissioner Henri Brooks.

Investigators came up with very different results. They said Brooks doesn’t live in her district but on Thursday announced Ford “probably” does live on Tulane Cove.

They did admit it’s odd his power and water was off for two-and-a-half-years, and he wouldn’t provide them a copy of his lease.

But some neighbors don’t think that matters.

Mays said, “It don’t matter where he live at. It don’t make no difference where you live at. If you’re doing something positive for the people, go with it.”

Ford told investigators he shut the power off because he was struggling to pay the bills.

In the meantime, Brooks’ investigation is possibly headed to criminal court, but Ford’s neighbors think the law is wrong.

“Now that’s the law, right. But they need to change that.”

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