Mayor Willie Herenton to Resign, Effective July 31st
Congressional Race, City School Superintendency, Legal Woes All Suspected as Reasons
March 20, 2008 at 4:00AM
At mid-afternoon on Thursday, all of downtown Memphis was suddenly beset with a rumor -- quickly confirmed by word of a resignation letter signed by Mayor Willie Herenton and addressed to city CAO Keith McGhee -- that Memphis' fifth-term mayor, elected again only last October, intended to resign, effective July 31. As the news began to sink in, even close associates of the mayor were puzzled.