An official with the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday the office is reviewing its options regarding the future of Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence.
Torrence, WSMV-Channel 4 revealed in an investigative piece last week, works only three days per week and drives a government-issued car for personal use. A subsequent report showed Torrence has two sons working in the office in positions for which the openings were not advertised.
Asked whether or not the office of the Davidson County District Attorney General is considering action against Torrence under the state’s ouster statute, spokeswoman Susan Niland said, “We are looking into that and any other options that may exist.
“We’re still trying to determine what activity there was and what, if any, laws might apply,” Niland said. “The ouster statute is certainly one. We’re just reviewing anything that may apply to the circumstances of the case at this stage.”
Niland said Johnson’s office has been in touch with attorneys at the Metro Department of Law, but she wasn’t aware of any contact with the state’s Office of the Attorney General as of Tuesday morning.
No timeframe has been set in the matter.
District Attorney Torry Johnson had not been contacted by any elected officials so far, according to Niland, but he was made aware of a non-binding resolution Metro Councilman-at-large Charlie Tygard has submitted.
Councilman Michael Craddock, a mayoral candidate who lost to Torrence last year in the clerk’s race, has called for Torrence’s removal from office.
On Tuesday, Torrence issued the following statement:
"I want to apologize to my staff and the taxpayers for the recent controversy surrounding my work schedule. I deeply regret that all this has taken place. The office of the Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk has an excellent performance record. We have been innovative and extremely efficient in performing the duties of the office. The performance of the office has never been questioned. The office and the staff have an excellent reputation in this state. I will be fully and completely devoted to my position as Criminal Court Clerk for the remainder of my elected term. I will be dedicated to not causing any future embarrassment to the office and staff of the Criminal Court Clerk."