Edmund Ford Jr., who was recently elected as a Shelby County Commissioner and is currently serving his last two weeks on the Memphis City Council, was named the Memphis Public Libraries’ new financial literacy coordinator Monday.
Dan Springer, the city's deputy director of media affairs said Ford's role is a newly-created position at the library. The salary is $78,000 per annum.
A statement from the city on Ford’s new position reads:
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Edmund Ford, Jr. as our new Financial Literacy Coordinator. Our libraries have long been a central hub of learning, and this position will offer Memphians another important avenue towards financial freedom and stability.
Financial Literacy is one of the cornerstones to help lift citizens out of poverty. Dr. Ford will focus his work with the most impoverished and highest needs citizens primarily in the North and South Memphis areas. As Budget Chair on City Council, Dr. Ford demonstrated his passion for knowledge and strong financial background. Now, he will be able to share that with the greater community.”
Springer said the position is net-neutral, budget-wise, as "there was already a vacancy at the library."
Ford, who is also employed as a teacher for Shelby County Schools, was elected to the county commission in August, and has yet to resign from the city council.