Memphis Mayor Says He's Turned Down Job Offers

MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said he has turned down offers of lucrative private-sector jobs in exchange for not seeking a fifth term.

The 67-year-old mayor told The Commercial Appeal he's had three offers so far that were designed to keep him from running for re-election in October.

Herenton defeated incumbent Dick Hackett by 142 votes in 1991 to become Memphis' first elected black mayor.

He said he was offended by the offers, which he considers bordering on bribes.

Herenton said one of the positions was to take over his alma mater, LeMoyne-Owen College, a private historically black college.

Two other offers were senior-level positions in corporations, but he declined to elaborate.

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