The city’s director of engineering will step down before mayor-elect Jim Strickland takes office on January 1.
John Cameron told Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Strickland Thursday that he would not seek re-appointment to the post. He will serve in the position until December 31.
Cameron's is the first announced departure from a major Memphis City Hall post since the October 8 election.
In a prepared statement, Cameron gave no solid reason for his move other than to say, “This is an appropriate time for me to step aside to pursue other opportunities and make room for new leadership within the engineering division.”
Cameron has served the city for the last 18 years.
• Spearheaded a plan to fix (or help fix) the city’s sidewalks.
• Worked to install miles and miles of bike lanes
• Helped plan and execute the nitty-gritty details needed to fix the Pyramid for Bass Pro Shops.
• Oversaw the plan to purchase and install modern, electric parking meters Downtown.
• Executed a special permit parking project for residents around Overton Square.
• Implemented a plan to coordinate many of the city’s traffic signals along major thoroughfares.
• Secured funding for paving projects all over Memphis.
Wharton said he was “grateful for his commitment to this city and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
“It has been an honor to serve as director of engineering and my time spent in that position has been the most interesting and gratifying in my professional career,” Cameron said.