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VOL. 124 | NO. 219 | Friday, November 6, 2009

UPDATE: Eldred In At Animal Shelter

By Andy Meek

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Darrell Eldred, the former deputy director of the city’s General Services Division, will be running the Memphis Animal Shelter on a day-to-day basis.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced this morning that Eldred will serve as head of the troubled shelter as his administration conducts a national search for a new one. Wharton fired Ernest Alexander overnight. He confirmed the firing at a Friday morning press conference.

Wharton’s initial reaction after a raid on the shelter last month by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney General’s Office was to appoint a task force to study operations and leave all employees in place.

That changed when a dog at the shelter was euthanized this week without using proper procedures. Word of the dog’s death prompted Wharton to fire Alexander.

Wharton also announced he has hired Lucy Shaw, a former director of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, as a consultant in the review of Animal Shelter operations.

Also Friday, cameras were installed at the shelter that provide a view of the shelter from several vantage points. Their images are refreshed every 30 seconds. They can be viewed here: http://www.memphistn.gov/AnimalShelter/default.aspx.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 67 67 16,128
MORTGAGES 81 81 18,637
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 23 23 2,484
BUILDING PERMITS 213 213 33,603
BANKRUPTCIES 52 52 10,366
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 17 5,320
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 29 29 6,302
MARRIAGE LICENSES 33 33 3,544