Board investigates whether to give Torrence pension - Tucson News Now

Board investigates whether to give Torrence pension

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Metro's benefits board decided Tuesday morning to investigate whether former Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence should collect pension benefits.

Torrence resigned last month after a Channel 4 I-team investigation showed he only worked three days a week, hired his sons for jobs in his office, and used a county car for personal errands.

However, after resigning, he was still eligible for a yearly pension of almost $80,000.

The board voted to put off approving Torrence's pension until they determine if he should receive his full pension based on his work habits.

Metro Councilman Charlie Tygard said Tuesday that to reward Torrence a full pension is a "slap in the face to taxpayers."

It's uncharted territory for the board.

To receive a pension, Metro employees must work at least 20 hours per week. And Torrence's own work hours show he sometimes didn't come close to working 20 hours.

But, Torrence is also an elected official, and there's nothing that states an official has to work a certain number of hours.

"The individual we are considering is not a standard employee, but an elected official," said Ann Butterworth, benefit board member.

The board voted to defer to their pension committee to investigate Torrence's work hours. But Torrence's attorney says the law is clear - David Torrence worked for four decades as the clerk, he was not removed from office and he should receive his pension.

"I would ask the board to follow the law, and not to follow emotions. While this is an emotional issue, people have been angry over this, I believe the law is in my client's favor," attorney Jim Todd said.

It's important to note that even if someone is fired from Metro, they can still receive a pension. Because Torrence resigned, he may still get his full pension. If he had been ousted from office, the district attorney said it may have impacted his pension.

The matter now goes to the pension committee, which will make a recommendation to the board members, who will then have the final say.


Follow Channel 4 News on Twitter
Follow @wsmviteam and wsmvjeremyiteam for the latest.


Copyright 2011 WSMV.  All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • breaking

    UPDATE: 80-year-old man among 20 people stung in Marana bee swarm

    UPDATE: 80-year-old man among 20 people stung in Marana bee swarm

    Friday, September 22 2017 3:10 PM EDT2017-09-22 19:10:15 GMT
    Firefighters responded in full gear, including netting, to protect themselves from a bee swarm in the 13000 block of North Sandario Road on Friday. (Source: Northwest Fire District)Firefighters responded in full gear, including netting, to protect themselves from a bee swarm in the 13000 block of North Sandario Road on Friday. (Source: Northwest Fire District)

    An elderly man was taken to a hospital for treatment after being stung multiple times by bees in Marana on Friday.

    An elderly man was taken to a hospital for treatment after being stung multiple times by bees in Marana on Friday.

  • breaking

    UPDATE: Man detained, midtown standoff ends

    UPDATE: Man detained, midtown standoff ends

    Friday, September 22 2017 2:52 PM EDT2017-09-22 18:52:40 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    Tucson police responded to a report of domestic violence at a residence near North Balboa Avenue and West Delano Street, near North Oracle and West Fort Lowell roads.

    Tucson police responded to a report of domestic violence at a residence near North Balboa Avenue and West Delano Street, near North Oracle and West Fort Lowell roads.

  • OVERTIME: Week 5 matchups

    OVERTIME: Week 5 matchups

    Friday, September 22 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-09-22 17:58:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Week 5 of the high school football season features 19 games involving teams from southern Arizona.

    Week 5 of the high school football season features 19 games involving teams from southern Arizona.

Powered by Frankly