County leaders say commission investigations are slowing budget progress

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said, "We must very soon get our tax rate established and get our budget finalized and move into the fiscal year."

Luttrell says that's not happening because commissioners don't even know who can vote. The board voted Henri Brooks out for not living in her district.

Now Justin Ford is under investigation for the same thing.

Luttrell said, "Right now these issues are distracting us from being able to run an efficient government."

He hopes everything gets straightened out in court quickly. But that's just to figure out who is on and who is off commission.

Brooks may also face criminal charges for lying about her address.

District Attorney General Amy has recused herself from that scenario.

"If and when there are charges that come from this latest chapter, that is not an issue our office will be handling."

A district attorney from another part of West Tennessee will make that decision.

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton's son Andre represents Brooks and is working to stop any possible charges.

His wife is part of her campaign team for juvenile court clerk, and there's a sign supporting her in the mayor's yard.

But Wharton claims, "I don't just go around dipping in other people's Kool Aid."

On Wednesday, Wharton once again told WREG it's a county issue and he's got enough problems to worry about.

"I'm just like every other citizen we'll just have to wait and see."

Brooks is due back in court on Thursday.


  • Bill Zebub

    Molly, the Mayors have absolutely no control over this. They’re just like you and I, no Say-So. James Harvey is the one responcible for this fiasco and he alone is THE ONLY ONE who can do anything about this. How naive of you to think the title Mayor means control over all. The County Commission is under the Legeslative Branch of Shelby County Government and does NOT, does NOT answer to the Mayors. They only answer to James Harvey, does anyone know what he’s doing today? I can’t get his itenerary from his office staff.

    • canadianwhiskeygirl

      Very obviously, Harvey is laying real low because of all this. He wants no attention at all but he has to come forward sooner or later. if his commissionsers hadnt lied about so many things, they could move forward about anything! perhaps it may come to light than he even listed a false address to gain his postion!

  • John

    They can’t take care of ANY business budget, taxes, ordinances, policies NOTHING until they get their own house in order. They caused the disorder they can’t even be trusted to be truthful as to where they live and WE are suppose to believe they can run a city. What a joke

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    molly, i know ur “profile” states u were a morning news anchor at a tv sta in burlington,vt…where are u originally from? snow? ol girl, ur sure going to have to go back to vt for all the snow ur used to. we get a dusting here compared to what ur used to

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    i just dont get why wharton and his family are staying connected to brooks! she must have real dirt on him. smh

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