The East Nashville property owner named in a harassment complaint filed by District 5 Metro Councilwoman Pam Murray, said he only contacted the second-term legislator twice before she called Metro Police and filed the report.
According to the police report filed Friday, Murray claimed that Mike Peden had been “repeatedly calling her place of business about Council issues.”
Peden, who owns a piece of property in East Nashville, said he called the Sunshine Treatment Institute in Detroit to ask how the clinic is able to dispense methadone to its patients if its on-staff social worker — Murray — isn’t there.
Murray has contended she spends most of the time in Nashville and not in Detroit, which is contrary to a report by NewsChannel 5’s Phil Williams.
Murray has been under fire in recent months and is now the subject of a recall effort by her East Nashville constituents.
When Peden asked his question, he said a social worker at the methadone clinic hung up the phone. He called back and, when no one answered, he said he left a voicemail.
Minutes later Peden said he received a phone call from Murray, who he says was hostile and shouting. Murray later filed a police report claiming harassment, although she elected not to pursue an order of protection against Peden.
Murray filed another harassment complaint about an hour after the first, police said. This second complaint was against Amy Bryson. Police said she did not pursue an order of protection in that case either.
As was first reported by The City Paper, a group of East Nashville residents is working to recall Murray. The recall effort needs nearly 1,000 signatures of District 5 voters in order to force a recall election.
Murray could not be reached for comment for this story.