Court Clerk Turns In County-Issued Car - WSMV News 4

Court Clerk Turns In County-Issued Car

Updated: May 16, 2011

Nashville's taxpayers are no longer footing the bill for an elected official to run personal errands on the job.



The Channel 4 I-Team has learned Criminal Court clerk David Torrence has turned in his county-issued car. The I-Team watched him use that car to go to a bank and a liquor store during work hours. The city's regulations stipulate a Metro vehicle can't be used to transport alcohol.


A few weeks ago, Torrence told the I-Team he didn't see anything wrong with him using a car that tax dollars pay for to run personal errands during the work week when he wasn't in the office.


He turned that 2003 Ford Crown Victoria back in to the city, along with the keys, on Monday.


An I-Team undercover camera investigation found Torrence working in the yard on days when he's paid to be in the office and driving that county-issued car to run personal errands.


"I go to the bank and pick up my wife and a couple bottles of wine and come home," Torrence told the I-Team.


"Do you think that's what the car is supposed to be used for?" asked I-Team chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.


"I don't think that there's anything wrong at all to do that," Torrence said.


Mayor Karl Dean's spokeswoman sent the I-Team an email Monday saying that according to the mayor, turning in the car was "the right thing to do."


Torrence drove that car about 15,000 miles between 2008 and Monday.


The city council will hear a resolution that calls for him either to resign or be removed from office by the district attorney, and Thursday he goes before the council to address his budget.

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