A notice to recall controversial Councilwoman Pam Murray was filed with the Metro Clerk’s office on Friday, The City Paper has learned.
The East Nashville Councilwoman has been under scrutiny since earlier this year when she supported a proposed zoning bill that had divided her District 5 neighborhood.
Murray supported a zoning change that would have brought apartments to a Cleveland Street property, which previously served as a junkyard. Residents said Murray was ignoring their opposition by going forward with the zoning bill, which after considerable resistance, was withdrawn by the property owner once it was clear the bill would likely not pass through Council.
“The reason why the removal of Pam Murray is being sought is because of the dereliction of her duties and responsibilities to represent the residents of Councilmanic District 5,” the recall notice reads.
Murray also was the object of a story by NewsChannel5, which showed she lived a majority of the time in Detroit, where she works as a social worker for a methadone clinic.
As was first reported by The City Paper, Murray had an ethics complaint filed against her with the state ethics commission. The complaint, filed by a constituent, is still pending.
The City Paper was also the first to report that District 8 Councilwoman Karen Bennett called Metro Police following a community meeting, claiming a group with Murray threatened her.
In order to force a recall vote, 15 percent of the District 5 voters in the previous countywide election must sign the petition.