MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Fresh off the Shelby County election results, Shelby County District Attorney-elect Steve Mulroy says he is relieved the campaign is finally over.
“This is truly, legitimately, a historic election — the first Democratic DA elected in Shelby County,” Mulroy said.
The former UofM professor and Shelby County Commissioner said he spent a late night celebrating his win, but now looks to the next few weeks of transitioning into his newly elected role.
He said he will appoint a transition team to help with this process.
“I also want to make sure I reach out to existing leaders in the office and have the opportunity to hear from them,” Mulroy said. “I want to spend these first few months getting to know the employees, the line attorneys, the support staff, as well as the management, understanding the terrain, hearing their perspective and we’ll go from there.”
Outgoing DA Amy Weirich was unavailable for comment on Friday — her staff respectfully requested that we contact them next week.
They say Weirich will be spending time with his family over the weekend.
During his watch party Thursday night, Weirich gave what Mulroy called a “concession speech.”
“I had heard reports that she had made public remarks saying the numbers were not going in the right direction and that it had been an honor to have been the DA. It felt like a concession to me,” Mulroy said.
“It’s been a great honor to serve not just as a prosecutor but as a district attorney,” Weirich said Thursday night. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done…the legislation I’ve been involved in and the great programs we’ve launched.”
Mulroy will also spend the weekend with his family, saying he will “work on his priorities” and transition when he returns.
“There really is a thirst for change out there, and I’m going to do my best to respond to that,” Mulroy said. “It’s an honor. I’m thrilled to be a part of this story, but with it comes this responsibility, a responsibility I take seriously to do my best for the people of Shelby County.
Mulroy is expected to assume the Shelby County prosecutor’s job on September 1.
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