District attorney's pressure likely forced Torrence's resignation

Friday, July 15, 2011 at 3:33pm

District Attorney Torry Johnson’s investigation into the work habits of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence found justification to remove him from office through the state’s “ouster clause.”

The findings, delivered to the media Friday but to Torrence two weeks ago, suggest the much-ridiculed clerk was likely to be pulled from his office, thus accelerating his resignation. Torrence’s resignation became official Friday. He will no longer be a Metro employee beginning Saturday. 

State law says Criminal Court judges are empowered to remove the clerk for “incapacity, neglect of duty or misbehavior in office.”

“It was under this law that Johnson intended to act, but now that Torrence has resigned, there is no need to pursue this remedy,” a District Attorney’s Office press release reads.

On Friday, Criminal Court judges appointed Deputy Clerk Tommy Bradley as the interim clerk until the Metro Council appoints a new one.

Former Vice Mayor Howard Gentry and Metro Councilman Michael Craddock are among candidates positioning for the clerk’s job.

The district attorney’s probe into Torrence found a number of startling pieces of information, including some facts not reported in the original WSMV-TV investigation that led to Torrence’s demise.

Between January 2009 and April 2011, Torrence completed only one five-day workweek.

During that same period, the investigation found Torrence averaged no more than 19 hours of work per week. In 2009, Torrence missed 78 days of work; 91 days in 2010; and in the first five months of 2011, 37 days.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Melstruck on 7/15/11 at 5:21

It was previously reported that Mr. Torrence was retiring with an $80k a year pension. Is that still the case? I think it needs to be clearif he is indeed going to get a lifetime pension of $80k a year at taxpayers expense or not. Resignation to me says no pension, but I want to know for sure!!

By: bfra on 7/15/11 at 7:17

How can the case be closed if his sons are still working there? They were not hired by proper procedure, but because Daddy said so! If you are going to clean house, get rid of all the trash.

By: Nitzche on 7/15/11 at 8:40

come on..jerry maynard til he gets his law license back should be the clerk, then he can name ALL THE DOCKETS AFTER MLK, like he wants to do in the council..jerry has a dream?$125,000 a year