Elvis Presley Gets Promotion - By the New Sheriff
By ADA GILKEY
Press-Scimitar Staff Writer
Elvis Presley, who once tried to get a job as a Memphis policeman, is now an honorary sheriff of Shelby County.
Memphis´ No. 1 attraction and one of Hollywood´s biggest stars has been "mugged" and fingerprinted in the Sheriff´s bureau of identification. His commission card bears his photo and right thumb-print and is signed by Shelby´s new sheriff, William N. Morris, who was elected last August.
"I promoted Elvis," said Morris. "He previously was an honorary chief deputy."
Elvis dropped by Sheriff Morris´ office to receive his honorary commission Monday night. The two chatted for some time.
Morris´ wife, the former Ann Norton, and Elvis were in the same class at Humes High, but Mrs. Morris was not present when Morris interviewed Elvis.
Asked if Elvis would have the authority to make an ar-rest, Morris said he would. (Any citizen, however, may make a citizen-arrest if he sees a violation and may de-tain the suspect for the ar-rival of a law enforcement of-ficer.)
Elvis and Morris t a l k e d about "the good old days in North Memphis" when both lived there. They reminished about the Suzore and Rialto theaters on Jackson Avenue which both frequently attend-ed, but not together.
In their younger days, Elvis lived at Tupelo, Miss., and the Sheriff lived at Fulton, "15 minutes from Tupelo," and also at Amory.
"Elvis is one of the nicest men I´ve ever met," Sheriff Morris said. "He says that he has always been interested in law enforcement and he once applied for a job as a Memphis
policeman but was t u r n e d down because he was too young - only 19.
"As for me, I always wanted to be a highway patrolman."
Elvis re-iterated that he´s "crazy about Memphis." He said that Ann-Margret, with whom his name has been linked in Hollywood dispatches of the past, is "great." He didn´t, however, comment on his No. 1 heart interest, if any.
After a vacation at Grace-land, his Whitehaven home, just south of the city, Elvis left today to make another movie
Sheriff M o r r i s said he
learned that Elvis, under his movie contract, may no longer ride motorcycles - and Elvis doesn´t mind.
Another bit of information gleaned by the Sheriff: "Elvis often reads the Congressional Record as he rides around."