Davidson Co. GOP Joins Call For Arriola Resignation
By Phil Williams Chief Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Davidson County's Republican Party is throwing its support behind a resolution calling for County Clerk John Arriola to resign.
The group issued a statement by email late Sunday evening.
It's part of the continuing fallout from a NewsChannel 5 investigation.
Last week, a state audit concluded that Arriola may have pocketed almost $120,000 from weddings he performed on taxpayer time. Auditors also found numerous other irregularities, as a result of questions raised by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
That's led Metro Council member Robert Duvall to file a resolution asking the county clerk to step down.
County Republican Chairman Kathleen Starnes issued the following statement:
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Davidson County Republican Party, and the citizens of Nashville, I support the proposed immediate resignation of John Arriola from his post as County Clerk. Even the appearance of the misuse of public office for private gain is something we cannot tolerate. In the case of Mr. Arriola, the District Attorney has been quoted that there are activities that do appear ‘potentially criminal' and D.A. Torry Johnson has asked the TBI to investigate. It is in the best interests of the office of the County Clerk for Mr. Arriola to step down and I urge the members of the Metro Council to support this resolution."
Duvall's resolution goes before the Council a week from Tuesday.