December 21, 2006

John Myers Appointed City Marshal Following Police Chiefs Resignation

New Years Day 2007 will ring in a change for the Memphis Police Department. The citys law enforcement agency will be under new leadership for the first time since 2002.

At a special meeting December 18th, the Memphis City Council appointed officer John Myers as the interim City Marshal, effective January 1, 2007. The move was made necessary by the announcement on December 11th that current City Marshal Steve Snodgrass had announced his resignation to take effect the end of the year.

The council voted 4-0 during the closed executive session last week to accept the resignation issued by Snodgrass.

Myers will fill the vacancy until the April 3, 2007 election when city voters will have the opportunity to elect a marshal to complete the final three years of Snodgrasss current four-year term.

Snodgrass was elected to the office in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, defeating Myers and two other challengers.

The police chief was suspended earlier this year following an accident involving his department on the first day of school.

Filing for the office of city marshal is currently open at city hall and will remain open until the close of the business day on January 16th.

Myers is currently the lone full-time officer employed by the city, forcing the council to consider additional changes in the department in efforts to recruit new officers. The council discussed a higher starting wage as well as possibly offering funding or reimbursement for some training costs as the city strives to provide full coverage for the community.

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