Davidson County Clerk Arriola Says He Won’t Resign
Feb 22, 2012 08:03 PM
By Phil Williams Chief Investigative Reporter
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Davidson County Clerk John Arriola has told friends he's not going anywhere despite a Metro Council vote on Tuesday asking him to resign and heated exchange between one Council member and Arriola's lawyer.
That exchange came when Arriola was asked if he paid taxes on all those wedding fees, fees he collected for weddings he and his staff performed on taxpayer time.
Attorney Brian Lewis accused Council members are trying to act like the Internal Revenue Service.
In the end, the Council voted 25 to 5 in favor of asking the county clerk to resign. That resolution, however, is non-binding.
So Councilman Charlie Tygard said Arriola's fate is in the hands of prosecutors.
"I'm reminding everyone who calls me if their frustration is at the level they seem to be that the district attorney is the right venue to vent those frustrations," said Tygard.
District Attorney Torry Johnson has not said when he'll make a decision on whether or not to bring criminal charges against Arriola.
He could also bring an ouster suit against the Davidson County clerk.