Attorney General 'Reviewing' Nashville DA Controversy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's attorney general said Wednesday that he's closely watching the controversy involving Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk.

The attorney general has the power to investigate Tennessee prosecutors.

"Our Office has been following these events," Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in an email to NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

"We are reviewing the matter closely and engaging in a number of necessary conversations. We appreciate the serious nature of the circumstances."

Still, he added that they have not "commenced or requested an official investigation at this point."

Last week, the executive committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference asked state auditors to review how one of their employees created a job for Funk -- before he took office -- to help boost his pension. The Conference is the statewide organization for the state's prosecutors.

That deal, according to the Conference's letter, "could be viewed as an abuse of public money."

NewsChannel 5 Investigates also discovered that Funk may have improperly obtained state health insurance benefits for himself and his family before he took office.

As a result of our NewsChannel 5 investigation, the DA's Conference convened a special meeting on Tuesday and voted to suspend their longtime executive director, Wally Kirby, for a month without pay.

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