Councilman's resolution asks for Arriola's removal from office

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 5:25pm

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. 

12 Comments on this post:

By: rosemary126 on 7/25/11 at 5:59

Get him out. He is a disgrace to the State of Tn.

By: bfra on 7/25/11 at 6:12

What about the Torrence boys that were hired by daddy? What about the $80,000 pension Torrence doesn't deserve? I would like to see some reports on these.

Arriola should already be gone and he doesn't deserve a pension either. I thought pensions were earned, for a job well done. Neither of these fit that description!

By: bsaut on 7/25/11 at 11:00

I would also wish to see the IRS conduct a personal audit of this man's tax returns to see if he reported this extra income. Capone went to prison over tax evasion, maybe this is a similar case. Just food for thought.

By: imdyinhere on 7/26/11 at 5:25

Have you people learned nothing? Let the audits go through, let the investigation go through. The fee for performing marriage rites is NOTHING. How many media wrecking balls will be allowed to perform personal vendettas and political/personal destruction, just so someone else can get THEIR cronies in?

By: govskeptic on 7/26/11 at 6:31

"Marriage fees are nothing"-try over $30,000 dollars collected as Fees?
Yes, he should be gone, but these Council Resolutions mean nothing!

By: kitty9spook on 7/26/11 at 12:01

Yeah this guy should be gone just like that crook from the Criminal Court Clerk's office. David Torrence's boys are still at work collecting close to 100,000 between the two of them and let me tell you his oldest son Josh doesnt hit a lick in the office, I know because i see it everyday. He sits back there in his cubicle and plays on the internet and acts like hes doing IT work he is certainly not qualified to do. But hey I guess he is just following in his daddy's footsteps, lazy and good for nothing. As far as Torrence's 80,000 a year pension i wish someone would look into that. He wasnt working, and was found to be neglecting his duty, or else the DA wouldnt have tried to remove him. Someone needs to speak up about this, its just a waste of taxpayer dollars taking care of someone who didnt work. And as far as Arriola, he should be gone immediately too. Why do we continue to let dirty politicians run our country into the ground through wasteful spending and then let them collect fat pensions for neglecting their duties. What the hell gives Nashvillians. GET THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO DONT WANT TO WORK THE HELL OUT OF THESE OFFICES. THANK YOU AND HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

By: Nitzche on 7/26/11 at 4:47

Easy Big Fella,,Arriola has dug up George Barrett and he is on the case! John J. Hooker, sr. was not available

By: 5oclocksomewhere on 7/26/11 at 11:44

He should be gone, too darn cocky in the interviews. We owe him nothing but he owes us trust! If they don't get him, surely the people of Davidson county will if he decides to run for re-election. What a stooge........

By: T-BONE on 7/27/11 at 6:15

Even though this "DISGUSTING GRIFTER" Arriola is making over $2000 per week (apparpently not enough!), the TBI needs to do it's investigation! A FORENSIC AUDIT! Prison time is coming soon "JOHNNY BOYS"...Arriola and Saad! Anybody else in "THAT" office that participated in this fraud also!

By: macjedi on 7/27/11 at 8:15

"Get him out. He is a disgrace to the State of Tn."

EXCELLENT point. Too bad it is not a state office but a Metro one.

By: wasaw on 7/27/11 at 10:21

Barrett is not going to be cheap. He knows that Arriola's political career is at stake , and he's going to fleece John out of every $40 gratuity that he fleeced the newly weds out of.
BTW, how much dough do you think Bill Covington pocketed while he was in office? To be a Davidson County politician has got to be the best gig in the house. Old Gayle Jr. and Gloria have learned how to manipulate the system. Even Rucker's wife cost a high ranking deputy his job when $10,000 came up missing, that she had custody over. The money suddenly appeared back in the safe after she came back from a Las Vegas visit (probably borrowed the repayment money there). Rucker dodged a bullet on that one.

Who'se next?

By: BigPapa on 7/27/11 at 1:16

I'd think firing his sons would be pretty difficult unless they were found guilty of doing something wrong. There are a lot of metro employees that are related to one another. Sue Cain, the director of metro legal has her son on the Metro payroll.. Im sure there are lots and lots of others.