Council Votes Unanimously For Court Clerk To Resign - WSMV News 4

Council Votes Unanimously For Court Clerk To Resign

Updated: May 17, 2011

Metro Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to strip elected official David Torrence of his position.



The Metro Council said if Court Clerk David Torrence does not resign, the resolution calls for proceedings to begin to ouster him.


No one can recall if the council has ever taken up an action like this.


The vote follows a Channel 4 I-Team investigation that found Torrence out of the office half of last year, playing hooky during the workweek, using a county-issued car to run personal errands and hiring his sons for jobs in his office without advertising the positions.


Since then, the I-Team has also learned Torrence hasn't given the council monthly budget updates on how he's spending taxpayer money, something that is required of every Metro office.


Torrence has since apologized and returned the county-issued car to the city without an explanation.


One councilman introduced this resolution, and now seven other council members have signed on as sponsors.


The resolution is strictly symbolic: The council has no authority to remove Torrence from office. But this resolution spells out who can do that, including the district attorney and the criminal court judges.


Torrence attended the council meeting. He told Channel 4 News on Tuesday before the vote that he apologizes and said he's his own worst enemy but he won't resign.

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