Arrest warrant out for former Shelby County mayor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say that former Shelby County commissioner and interim mayor Joe Ford has been charged with theft of property under $10,000.

Shelby County sheriff's spokesman Chip Washington tells The Associated Press that an arrest warrant has been issued for Ford.

Ford has not been arrested, nor has he turned himself in. Washington said no further details were being made available, including what was allegedly stolen.

Washington says Ford has been notified, "and now we're waiting for him to do what he needs to do."

A message left for Ford at his Memphis funeral parlor was not immediately returned.

Joe Ford served for nine months as interim county mayor, until August 2010. He is the brother of former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Sr. and former Tennessee State Sen. John Ford.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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