A memorializing resolution similar to the one that predated the retirement of former Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence following his political missteps has been drafted to target embattled Davidson County Clerk John Arriola.
Metro Councilman Robert Duvall said he plans to file a non-binding resolution that would call for the removal of Arriola from political office. The resolution follows a series of recent NewsChannel5 reports that revealed Arriola had charged a $40 fee to couples for whom he conducted marriages and had used $33,000 in government money to purchase a sport utility vehicle.
“The honorable thing for him to do is resign,” Duvall said. “I like John Arriola. I mean that sincerely. But, my god, I don’t know what happened. But whatever happened, he made a terrible, terrible mistake that has betrayed the confidence of the people.
“When you’re an elected official, you’ve got to be above and beyond reproach. And unfortunately, John chose the wrong track”
Earlier this summer, the council approved the same type of resolution after a television report showed Torrence, the former Criminal Court clerk, worked three days a week. District Attorney Torry Johnson investigated the matter, and Torrence resigned before Johnson could have pursued removing him via the state “ouster” clause.
Johnson has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate Arriola’s office. In addition, Mayor Karl Dean has asked Metro to audit the office.