Metro police detectives completed their investigation into token machines at the Davidson County Clerk’s office and determined Metro employees weren’t gambling.
“In this case employees did not risk anything of value to play the machines, so that does not constitute gambling,” police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said. “We do not anticipate any charges.
In an email to The City Paper, County Clerk John Arriola wrote he had conducted his own investigation into the St. Patrick’s Day incident.
Arriola wrote: “To create a good work environment that results in good service for taxpayers, some members of my staff pushed the envelope that created the appearance of inappropriate activity. I approved St. Patrick decorations at our office, but I did not approve the game and didn't know about it until the afternoon of St. Patrick's Day.”
As a result of his investigation, Arriola suspended two of his employees, Deputy Clerk Joey Workman and Kelly Farmer, without pay.
Farmer brought the machines into the workplace and gave employees a total of $25 of his personal money.
Television cameras caught Workman pushing WTVF-Channel 5 reporter Phil Williams out of the break room where the machines were.
Arriola wrote that while everything was technically on the up and up, it should not have happened. He said he took full responsibility.
Early Thursday, Metro police's Specialized Investigation Division opened a preliminary investigation into whether Metro employees used tokens to play games resembling slot machines at work. The investigation followed a WTVF-Channel 5 report Wednesday night.
Mumford said the investigation was to determine whether employees stood to lose money for the games — gambling — or if employees offered to pay out money to other employees for certain outcomes on the machines.