MSARC Turned Over to City Attorney's Office

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During a contentious City Council committee meeting -- in which members Kemp Conrad, Shea Flinn, Jim Strickland, and Bill Boyd walked out -- Memphis CAO Keith McGee today said the city attorney's office would assume executive oversight of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center.

McGee said that the center, which has been plagued with allegations of mismanagement under Public Services and Neighborhoods director Ken Moody and deputy director Yalanda McFadgon, will also be audited by an outside firm.

Before discussion about MSARC began, Moody and McFadgon, already at the table for a previous item, excused themselves from the room. Conrad then requested that the council hear the issue during executive session.

"I want to hear from the people responsible for this division," he said.

After Joe Brown, the committee chair, did not accept the motion, another motion was made to overrule the chair. Brown did not accept that motion, either, and several council members then left the room.

Brown said the council owed it to the public and the media to hear McGee's presentation.

"We don't turn over meetings in the middle of a session," Brown said. "We just don't do that. We're going to hear this meeting out."

City Council chair Myron Lowery later entered the meeting and said they would hear the issue in executive session later on today.

To read more, including comments from the council's executive session, go to the In The Bluff blog.

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