Ethics complaint filed with state against councilwoman Murray

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 1:58am
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A District 5 resident has filed a complaint with the Tennessee Ethics Commission Wednesday that alleges Metro Councilwoman Pam Murray lied on her ethics disclosure forms filed with the state in 2008 and 2009.

On the forms, Murray stated she is self-employed. However, the Sunshine Treatment Institute in Detroit has documents listing Murray, a licensed clinical social worker, as the admissions coordinator, the complaint from Terry Dale VIbbert states.

Vibbert’s complaint alleges that Murray lied when she said she was self-employed.

The claim comes one week after a report was filed with Metro Police in which a group, including Murray, allegedly used racial epithets during a confrontation with District 8 Councilwoman Karen Bennett and Nashville attorney Jamie Hollin following a community meeting.

Hollin, who lives in Murray’s East Nashville district and was at the April 28 community meeting, said the group used epithets like “whitey” and “cracker” during the confrontation.

Murray denied the claims.

The council member has been under fire since the airing of a WTVF NewsChannel 5 report in late April that indicated she’s living a majority of the time in Detroit, where she works as a social worker. She has called the report false, saying she only travels to Detroit for work twice a month for three or so days at a time.

“I don’t live in Detroit, I live in Nashville,” Murray said.

If the Ethics Commission finds Vibbert’s complaint is within its purview, it will be forwarded on to the state Attorney General.

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5 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 5/7/09 at 2:49

Pleased to see someone has filed a complaint. For far to many years Pam has ignored the neighborhoods, the meetings and on going crime.
If Pam works 5 days per week in Detroit, are we to believe she flys home to Nashville every night?

Racist is Murrays middle name. Heard all of the above and Murray also did some major gay bashing during past elections. Murray even tried packing the room during elections to the neighborhoods to prevent a "White Neighbor" from being elected. I also heard "The Neighborhood Is Turning White," which was also very common and "You Don't Belong Here." Murray was in her glory by keeping the "Race Card" alive in her District. Murray used the "Race Card" to get what ever she wanted even if it was unethical and illegal.

Pam and her friend Joyce even went to extremes to hide felons from the police. Why Carol from Neighborhood Resources didn't file ethics complaints years ago is mind boggeling as Carol was well aware of Murray's discrimination towards "White People," and was also a target herself. Murray claimed she made Carol and that Carol wouldn't get any more funding. This was after the neighbors elected a "White Person" as President. Murray was irate.

Neighbors for years tried to call Murray but mail box was always full, and if able to leave message she never returned most calls. The only time Murray showed up at meeting was during neighborhood elections or when city officals where invited. After all she has been in Detroit for years working, not living in Nashville as she claims.

Thanks to Bennett and Hollin for doing what's right for the District and also channel 5 for exposing Murray.

By: JeffF on 5/7/09 at 6:57

Gentrification is never handled well by the previous neighbors.

By: Jeremiah_29-7 on 5/7/09 at 7:23

Gentrification is a factor in many neighborhoods, but that doesn't seem to be the basic problem here. Many long-term neighbors have had problems with Pam as their Council Member. Because of this, in the last election, she was opposed by a long-term resident who is also African-American. So while gentrification probably figures in here, it is NOT the main factor.

By: SRJ on 5/7/09 at 8:23

That is so true. I am still amazed that Sam McCullough, who really did live in the district, lost to Murray last Election. He would have worked hard for the area.

By: WayneJ on 5/8/09 at 6:39

She stays away long enough District 5 will get that paper mill. Residents of that district would do better to vote someone else in who'll stay at home and keep the mill out.