Patterson Quoted in Memphis Daily News on Court Clerk Positions
Attorney Chris Patterson was quoted in an article by Bill Dries today in the Memphis Daily News concerning former efforts by the Metro Charter Commission to consolidate and/or streamline the various elected court clerk positions in Shelby County.
“A lot of ideas were kicked around. But then we kind of quickly realized that we were fairly restricted on any proposed changes that could be made, even if there was some opportunity for some greater efficiency,” said Chris Patterson, who headed the group tasked with making recommendations on judicial offices. “Once the charter’s voted down, you never know if you really could have done it or not. Until you try to do it and somebody challenges it, you don’t know if it’s going to hold up. We tried to take the approach … to provide as much certainty as possible.”
The article comes in the wake of the suspension of General Sessions Court Clerk, Otis Jackson, in connection with allegations of improper fundraising.