Councilman Offers County a Trade: School Security for Memphis Animal Shelter

Councilman Offers County a Trade: School Security for Memphis Animal Shelter

In a new deal being offered to Shelby County Commissioners, city police would continue to provide security to all schools in the city limits. In return, Shelby County would take over day to day operations of the Memphis Animal Shelter.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - In a new deal being offered to Shelby County Commissioners, city police would continue to provide security to all schools in the city limits. In return, Shelby County would take over day to day operations of the Memphis Animal Shelter.

Memphis City Councilman Shea Flinn says police have been trained to do school security, so Shelby County wouldn't have to hire and train deputies - saving at least $1 million, he says, maybe more. All the county has to do is take over running the animal shelter.

The dogs and cats stay in a relatively new building, but it's still a place where there have been controversies over treatment of the animals.

That's not why Councilman Flinn says the county should run this place, however. He says it's a deal for Shelby County. "They are coming out ahead over a million dollars."

His words were sweet music to members of the Shelby County Commission who are looking at a big property tax increase, all because of the school merger and other things.

"I think we can get into the animal shelter business cheaper than staying or picking up school security business," noted Commissioner Mike Ritz.

Stop right there for a moment. You don't see this much. Chairman Mike Ritz and Commissioner Terry Roland actually agree on this.

"It would seem cheaper in my mind," Roland said.

It would seem like a good deal for the city as well, getting rid of a place that's been full of problems, even though Flinn says that has nothing to do with his idea.

-"You're dumping a big public relations nightmare for the city of Memphis, does that have anything to do with this?"
"Absolutely not, absolutely not. Actually one of the people who is one of the least in favor of this is Mayor Wharton," he replied.

County Commissioner Sidney Chism isn't jumping on the bandwagon yet either, saying "I don't think we need to rush into anything."

These talks are just starting, but commissioners want to look into the idea. Any plan that will save county taxpayers money this year is one they'll study.

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