Mayor Willie Herenton declares his support for surrendering the Memphis City Charter as a mechanism for consolidating City and Shelby County government. There are a surprising number of officials willing to entertain the idea.
Such a move would have significant ramifications for the plans to enact a Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) for the City of Memphis. If an NDO were enacted and the citizens of Memphis approved surrendering the city charter in a ballot referendum, we'd have to start over with the County Commission. Ultimately, a Shelby County NDO would be the next logical step after a Memphis's approval of the NDO.