After months of political debate, the Shelby county Commission voted Monday to exempt Memphis City School employees who will become county employees after the school merger.
This is great news for the 1,400 or so MCS employees who live outside Shelby County. They will not have to move in order to keep their jobs once the merger is official.
The county commission originally was considering a five year window to allow the employees to move in, but many teachers came to meetings and said moving at all would mean financial ruin.
Commissioner Terry Roland said this is not the end of the story as he is going to the state.
"It ain't going to be hard to get the thing reversed up in Nashville, especially when it comes from this body, and this county," he said.
"Often when we're brow beat and talked about what the state still do, what we need to do and better do, it's going to happen whether we like it or not; doesn't really sell well," added Commissioner James Harvey.
The commission changed course in March on the residency requirement and voted to grandfather in existing MCS employees who live outside the county.
A vote to ask the voters if they want to lift the residency requirement altogether failed, so that will not appear on a ballot.
People were called hypocrites, and others asked for more decorum by their fellow commissioners.
Commission Henri Brooks said she felt comments were directed at her, and appeared to compare her colleagues to the KKK.
"when you make these kinds of disrespectful remarks directed at me, it makes you look like those people that the Memphis Police Department had to put in a bus and bring on Court Street so they could sound off," she said.
Also during Monday's session, commissioners appointed Kathy Gomes to serve as probate court judge. She will fill a vacancy on an unexpired term. An election for the seat will be held in 2014.
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