Memphis Mayor absent from city council public metting on budget suggestions

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tuesday morningĀ  Memphis City Council members heard suggestions from the public about how to fund the pension without cutting employee benefits.

Noticeably absent was Mayor A C Wharton, but his staff said he still knew everything that went on.

It was a standing room only crowd inside the City Council Chambers.

“The Mayor had other meetings to attend to, but he was in the building most of that time,” said Memphis CAO George Little.

Little was at the meeting, along with the City Finance Director and two others from Wharton’s administration.

Little said though the Mayor wasn’t physically present, he was tuned in on the internet, “Having the Mayor there may have proven to be a distraction from the serious business at hand.”

The mayor also didn’t show up at last month’s council meeting when angry workers protested a 24% hike in insurance premiums and even bigger hikes for some retirees.

Little said the mayor is getting feed back and used last week’s impromptu news conference as an example.

Frustrated city workers showed up there as well to make sure Mayor Wharton heard their concerns.

We asked Committee Chair Shea Flinn about the mayor being a no-show Tuesday morning, “He is always invited to council meetings. What he had on his schedule this morning, I don’t know, but members of his staff were there.”

This was the first of several planned meetings to get the public’s input, but those are all council meetings.


  • gypsy lee

    he was not at the meeting because he is a coward, and doesn’t want to face the public for what he’s done. what
    good is a mayor if he is to much of a coward to show up, its a sign that he knows he was wrong. we need to get a real mayor who really cares about the people not just himself and his cronies.

    • Dr. JohnS

      I have to agree with you, we need a leader in office like we need a leader for President. Smooth talking and smiles will no longer get it. The city is going down the rat hole quickly and A.C. is not leading us out of it.

  • Hard Truths

    I’m running out of excuses for A C.

    I was SO glad when we finally got rid of Willie, but A C is a plodding placeholder, and nothing more.

  • John G

    This morning I saw a report on WREG this morning that they have opened up the Arkansas levees so you can bike all the way to New Orleans now.What I am wondering if this was the plan to spend $40 million dollars of our sewer fund to build the walkway across the Harahan bridge to make this trip and is it ok to walk and does it meet the American Disability Act and who is going to Police it since with all these taxes about the only way us “poor” folk will be able to get
    there is to bike,walk or wheelchair.Keep up the good work everyone in the News business if was not for you we would be like a piece of meat in a slaughter house.

  • Don

    Memphis Mayor absent from city council public metting on budget suggestions
    Someone at WREG needs to proof read the articles and headlines. I believe Ms. Thompson meant MEETING! or she maybe meant to gouge A.C for missing the meeting. Ha.

  • MOM

    He was busy working on the “Inspiring Young Men of Color” Initiative; nevermind inspiring young men of “no color”.

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