Herenton Now Makes Resignation Conditional

MEMPHIS, TN - Willie Herenton says he will not resign as Memphis mayor if he doesn't become superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

Herenton had said Thursday that he plans to step down in July after 16 years as mayor.

On Monday he told reporters that citizens had pleaded with him over the years to return to Memphis City Schools where he was superintendent for 12 years before becoming mayor.

Asked if he would stay on as mayor if he did not become superintendent, the mayor said, "Of course."

The school board plans to fill the vacant job by July.  Herenton's planned exit from City Hall is not effective until July 31.

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