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VOL. 39 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 13, 2015

Nashville council members want DA investigated

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Ten members of Nashville's Metro Council have sent a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam asking that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate county District Attorney Glenn Funk.

WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/1Gp3Kih) reports that council members sent the letter Wednesday to both Haslam and state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

The letter said that the independent investigation "should clarify and define wrongdoing - or the lack thereof."

"We feel this course of action to be in the best interest of Mr. Funk, the State of Tennessee, the Metro Council (who funds 75% of the DA's $7.6 million operating budget), and the voters who elected him to serve as the chief prosecutor of Metro Nashville-Davidson County," the letter continued.

Controversy has been swirling around Funk, who was sworn in as Nashville's D.A. in September, after it was revealed that he was secretly given a part-time j ob with a state organization, which allowed him to bolster his pension before he took official office. There have also been questions about how much work he actually performed and whether he improperly got health insurance for himself and his family during that part-time work for the Tennessee District Attorney's General Conference.

Glenn has maintained that he has done nothing wrong.

But state lawmakers are demanding that he explain the pension deal.

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, which is an agency that advises prosecutors around the state, suspended its longtime director after members of the group discovered that he offered Funk a part-time job last summer. This was while Funk was practicing criminal defense law and before the state pension system changed.

The D.A.'s conference wrote a letter saying said members were not consulted about Funk and didn't know that he'd been hired. The same letter said the executive director creat ed the job for Funk to get him a more favorable pension. The state on July 1 switched to a new pension system, which required employees to contribute more toward their retirement plans.

The executive director of the conference has since retired.

The conference notified the Board of Professional Responsibility, which disciplines lawyers. It also wrote a letter to the comptroller saying that what was done "could be viewed as an abuse of public money."

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