Investigation into Greene County Clerk moves forward

Investigation into Greene County Clerk moves forward

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - The Greene County Commission moving forward in pursuing an investigation into Greene County Clerk David Thompson. Thompson is accused of using his position to gain sexual favors from female employees.

The allegations started swirling around Thompson last summer, after a former employee filed a discrimination complaint. Since, a commissioner has filed an ethics complaint and asked the ethics committee to open an investigation.

An attorney was appointed by the insurance committee to look into these allegations. She presented her findings to the County Commission at a meeting on Wednesday.

County Commissioner Jan Kiker told News Channel 11 that County Clerk David Thompson is accused of unethical and illegal activities.

“Time cards being altered, and girls being paid more than they should in exchange for sexual favors. There’s a fund in the office that’s also illegal, money comes in and out and no records are kept of that fund,” Kiker said.

She said the Commission wants to know the truth. “We just want these allegations brought out and we want to hear the facts, a lot of the commissioners have not heard all the facts.”

Kiker said so far, Thompson has not been entirely cooperative.

“The computers in Mr. Thompson’s office, they have been confiscated, he will not give the password. Ms. Cook has asked for the password, she asked County Mayor Broyles to give the password, passwords have not yet been given,” she said.

At the Ethics Committee meeting on Wednesday, attorney Suzanne Cook presented findings from her investigation into these allegations. Kiker said the presentation included information from a sworn affidavit in which she says Thompson admits to wrongdoing.

“Sexual allegations, and forcing the women to have sex to keep their jobs and to gain additional time on their time sheets for doing that,” are things Kiker said Thompson admitted to in the affidavit.

The Commission now has the option to vote to hire Cook to continue investigating and potentially take legal action against Thompson.

“If Ms. Cook sees fit and has the evidence to do an ouster suit, I think that’s appropriate,” Kiker said.

The Commission will vote on whether or not to hire Suzanne Cook as their attorney pro-tempore at a meeting on Tuesday morning.

Cook told News Channel 11 she cannot discuss the case at this time.

Thompson is still working as the Greene County Clerk while the investigation is underway.

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