Full-Time Ordinance Delayed After Surprises in Draft

A proposed ordinance requiring Memphis’ chief legal officer to work full time for the city included a few surprises, the Daily Memphian reports. The proposal from council member Martavius Jones would have required all city “officers and directors” to live in the city and report to the mayor directly. The move is intended to affect the city attorney, who is a part-time city employee as well as a shareholder at Baker Donelson. Jones withdrew the ordinance in a committee sessions yesterday after the city’s chief operating officer said the proposal would impact provisions in the city’s charter and thus would require a referendum of city voters.

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