Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CP: Council Names Cooper Aide as Interim County Clerk

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The Metro council last night named Brenda Wynn as the interim Davidson County clerk. Wynn, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper succeeds John Arriola, who finally succumbed to scandal and resigned back in June.

From Joey Garrison, at The City Paper:

Wynn, former director of community outreach in Cooper’s congressional office, garnered 28 council votes for the post Tuesday, easily besting At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard who collected just nine votes. She replaces Arriola, who resigned in June after a television report the previous year revealed he collected $40 fees from couples for performing wedding ceremonies. A year of controversy ensued, prompting his exit.

“I will do my very best to restore the public’s confidence and trust in this office,” a celebratory Wynn told reporters Tuesday.

Wynn, already named the Democratic Party’s nominee for the November general election, expects to be sworn into office Friday and to begin her first day on the job Monday. Tops on her to-do list is a “complete audit” of the office and a installing a zero-tolerance policy by banning the acceptance of gratuities for wedding ceremonies.

“I know that there’s some great people there who want to serve our community, and I want to be a part of making that office accountable to the citizens of Davidson County,” she said.

The council’s appointment Tuesday gives the clerk’s job to Wynn on a temporary basis until November. She will then have to earn the job full-time during November’s election, but it’s still unclear whether she’ll have an opponent.

Read the whole story here.

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