City Council ‘strongly recommends’ Rallings for police director job

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis City Council has approved a resolution to strongly recommend Mike Rallings as the permanent police director for the police department.

The full council unanimously approved the resolution early Tuesday evening.

Council member Patrice Robinson abstained.

"In my eyes, he's the one. He's earned it," said councilman Edmund Ford, Jr.

Ford was adamant Tuesday before the vote Rallings should be Memphis' top cop.

He co-sponsored the resolution requesting Mayor Jim Strickland strongly consider appointing Rallings to the job.

Ford said he respects Strickland's selection process but said part of the reason he's throwing his support behind Rallings is how he handled the protest march on the I-40 bridge.

"I'm just gonna say this honestly. Anybody that's critical about what you did on Sunday in a negative light, I guarantee they don't have the physical, mental, emotional and what I saw the spiritual capacity to do what you did."

Council member Reid Hedgepeth cosponsored the resolution.

 

WREG asked Hedgepeth about bringing in a fresh voice for the city but he said Rallings is still the best choice.

"To me you have to also have to look at the police and police force and who they want, and I think overwhelmingly they want someone from within to be the next director," he said.

Tuesday afternoon Rallings said he was impressed by all of the support.

Strickland said he should have a decision out of the six candidates that applied for the job by August.