MLGW President resigns as controversy over new leadership continues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The President and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water is stepping down Friday after nearly five years of service.

Current MLGW President and CEO JT Young will bid farewell to Mid-South Friday when he travels to Florida to work for a utility company.

The search for his replacement has sparked some controversy among city leaders here in Memphis.

Young announced his decision to step down at the end of September.

Last week, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced his election as City of Memphis COO Doug McGowen and named him MLGW’s next CEO.

Memphis City Council members did not vote for that appointment, instead saying there should be a national search for the next head of the nation’s largest three-service utility – MLGW.

That resolution for a national search was passed at the city council meeting earlier this week, with five council members voting yes and five members abstaining.

Strickland and the Memphis City Council have been going back and forth for weeks.

Despite the recent approval of a national search, council members have McGowen’s appointment back on their agenda for next Tuesday.

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