Memphis City Councilman Janis Fullilove Wants MLGW Chief Out Of Here

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis Light, Gas and Water boss Jerry Collins has one person on the Memphis City Council who is sometimes his arch enemy. During a break of committee meetings on Tuesday, Councilman Janis Fullilove said it. "I believe Mr. Collins should be gone by the end of the year. I hope so."

This should come as absolutely no surprise to anybody. It's a well known fact that Councilman Fullilove and Collins of don't hang out much.

They will never be considered best of friends.

Fullilove became the first, and, so far, the only member of the City Council who thinks Collins should go. "When you're talking about leadership, humanity, caring for people, things like that," Fullilove says, "... I don't see that from him. It's unfortunate it has to be that way, but that's the way it is."

Jerry Collins has been the chief of Memphis Light Gas and Water for ten years.

He has a five year contract that ends in 2018. "The Mayor makes the appointment," Collins says, "... and the City Council does the confirmation."

Collins and Fullilove simply don't get along.

Councilman Joe Brown is no fan either.

Other council members at this meeting praised how Collins handled getting power restored after the May storms.

He was not criticized over last weekend's payment kiosk calamity.

in his ten years as CEO, Collins has focused on customer service.

One of his biggest plans is getting smart meters in place for all Light Gas and Water customers in the next five years. "There's always room for improvement," Collins says. "Always things you can improve and do better."


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