Good Enough for Government Work

Davidson County, Tennnessee, Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence has a pretty sweet gig: a $120,000 annual salary, five weeks of paid vacation, and a government car.

But he still can't drag his ass into the office more than three days per week. Nashville's WSMV reports:

On April 6, while Torrence's employees at the clerk's office were working, the I-Team found him at home picking up sticks and spraying his yard for bugs.

On April 8, he never went to the office. He spent part of the day using his county car instead of his personal Corvette to run errands. From his home, he drove to a bank then to a liquor store. He got back in the car and headed home...

As the criminal court clerk, his only duties lie in the office, keeping the criminal courts operating. But the garage card swipes show he wasn't in the office for about half of 2010.

"You only worked about 50 percent of the time; only 50 percent of the time you were in this office. How do you explain that?" asked I-Team chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.

"It is what it is," Torrence said. Torrence said he takes Wednesdays and Fridays off every week.

"I'm working Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays," said Torrence...

The news team also found 18 weeks in which Torrence only worked two days.

In fairness to Torrence, he didn't spend all of those off days doing yard work or running personal errands in his government-issued car. Sometimes, he explained, he also played golf. He added that he has no plans to change his work habits, noting, "I've now been elected to my fifth term, so I must be doing something right."

It isn't in the linked article, but the report I caught last night also said Torrence recently had two openings in his office. But he didn't bother advertising those vacancies. Instead, he hired his sons.

I don't really see a problem with this, either. We shouldn't expect one of the highest-paid government officials in Nashville to carry his own clubs.

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  • Robert Rizzo||

    Are you guys hiring?

  • Tim||

    "It's good to be the king."

  • Little Socialist Klub Member||

    He's doing nothing wrong. Leave him alone.

  • Abdul||

    Volunteer State, my ass!

  • Tman||

    As bad as this is, and it is inexcusable, this is chump change next to what is going on in California.

    Sam Downing says "PFFFFT. Amateurs."

  • ||

    Look, we just don't understand how much work he gets done in those 3 days. Plus, there were some weeks when he worked like 30 hours. And I'm sure he knows his sons were the best candidates without even having to look outside. Sure, we label as nepotism, but what if they were the best qualified? I mean, know one has complained before, so it must not be a problem.

  • Cy Nickelfuque||

    "I've now been elected to my fifth term, so I must be doing something right."

    Right. Like getting the goods on the appropriate people.

  • freeforall232||

    This same justification can be used by any elected Republican and Democrat. "I'm destroying the economy and infringing on rights, but I must be doing something right 'cuz I keep getting elected!"

    Just. Disgusting.

  • x,y||

    Assuming you wanted this job, with all its benefits and lack of oversight, how much would you spend on a campaign to unseat this guy? $100,000?

  • ||

    According to the public employees' union, he's overworked and underpaid.

  • affenkopf||

    Think of all the damage this man coud do if he worked full time. Other state employees should emulate him.

  • David||

    He's really just saving them money. If he worked full-time, then they'd have to pay him $250,000/year and TWO cars!

  • Max||

    Radley Balko makes a living from gross over-simplification and exaggeration. Now that's a sweet gig.

  • Mad Max||

    But Mr Balko isn't doing so at our expense.

  • The Kochtopus||

    Yes, he is.

  • Mad Max||

    I'm sensing hostility.

  • ||

    No you're not.

  • Pip||

    Radley Balko Max makes a living from gross over-simplification and exaggeration blowing drunks at the homeless shelter. “Now that's a sweet gig”, says Max.

  • Joe M||

    Please let this be a crappy spoof.

  • Barely Suppressed Rage||

    Click your heels together three times...

  • ||

    What sort of monster would want to jeopardize our nascent economic recovery by throwing noble, hardworking public servants into the streets?

  • ||

    Who cares about how many FED notes we pay him? If he isn't paid in actual, rea, physical GOOOOOOOOOOOLD it's just worthless fiat currency!

  • ||

    Tiresome troll is tiresome.

  • ||

    Trolls gonna troll.

  • yonemoto||

    Somalia's gotta Roads.

  • db||

    Lol.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: The Poor Fool,

    it's just worthless fiat currency!


    It will soon be.

    http://blogs.forbes.com/michae.....ey-supply/

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If only our federal officials would take more time off to mow their lawns and shit like that.

  • MNG||

    "He added that he has no plans to change his work habits, noting, "I've now been elected to my fifth term, so I must be doing something right."

    Lord, the guy does has some big balls you have to admit.

  • Pip||

    "Lord, the guy does has some big balls you have to admit."

    I'd say he doesn't, given that he drives a Corvette.

  • ||

    His big balls only make his average sized dick look tiny. THAT'S why he drive the corvette.

  • ChicagoSucks||

    Based on research I performed when I was a teenager, my dick is pretty close to the average dimensions for a man. I've never had a problem with my "size." I've never had to see a therapist about my "size." Come to think of it, I've never had a complaint about my "size" either.

    But it seems to me that with disposable income (whether deserved or not) comes a smaller "size." I'm basing this conclusion entirely on.. other people's baseless conclusions. IE - "He [drives/flys/owns/operates/wears/uses] [masculine luxury good/firearm that many men would actually procure given sufficient resources], therefore he MUST [have/be compensating for] a small dick".

    Can someone, hopefully with formal medical training of some kind, please explain to me the linkage between disposable income and penile shrinkage because I can't find anything about it on wikipedia and I'm seriously concerned that if my business takes off that I will be doomed to a life of penile inadequacy.

  • ||

    I think your bigger worry should be that your misunderstanding of correlation and causation will cause your business to fail.

  • OO=======D||

    "Based on research I performed when I was a teenager, my dick is pretty close to the average dimensions for a man."

    How sad for you.

  • Ted S.||

    Come to think of it, I've never had a complaint about my "size" either.

    Still a virgin then.

  • 29InNet||

    "I'd say he doesn't, given that he drives a Corvette."

    But I bet he has a HUGE moustache.

  • WTF||

    At least they didn't catch him attending any tractor pulls.

  • Tman||

    Actually, if you look closely you can see the hitch on his Corvette. Plenty strong to try your luck with a John Deere right there.

  • SFC B||

    I had that same thought. Were I a constituent of his that comment would take me from "I can't wait to vote for a chimp running against you next election" to "I can't wait to ladel tar on to you while the rest of the town gathers the feathers."

    It is the sense of entitlement which really makes it awesome.

  • ||

    "You only worked about 50 percent of the time; only 50 percent of the time you were in this office. How do you explain that?"

    Lack of iniative? A real go getter would only work 40% of the time.

    "The news team also found 18 weeks in which Torrence only worked two days."

    OOPS! I spoke too soon!

  • Nipplemancer||

    I want his job. I bet you I could do as much as he does in only two days. What a fucking slacker.

  • ||

    In addition to the salary and a county car, I'd like to know what kind of pension he will be getting when he retires at a healthy young age.

  • Paul||

    More than you make.

  • ||

    Of that I have no doubt.

  • Old Mexican||

    In the "Speaking of which..." dept.

    Obama's Budget: More Waste, Fraud, and Self-Abuse

    (Excerpt: SEC officials spent their time surfing the net for porn - on YOUR dime.)

    One senior lawyer at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., admitted to spending eight hours a day looking at Internet pornography. Sometimes he even worked through his lunch hour. He had downloaded so much pornography that his computer was full -- at which point he began burning the pornography onto CDs and DVDs, which he stored in boxes in his office.

    In another classic example of the left hand not wanting to know what the right hand was doing, an employee with the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance admitted watching up to five hours a day of pornography in his office. His favorite pornographic websites were bookmarked on his government computer, and he had both downloaded and uploaded pornographic videos to the numerous websites he had joined.

    Even after admitting to surfing porn all day on the taxpayers' dime, not one of the lonely SEC employees was fired, nor were their names released by the government, even in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. (Although most of them were referred for membership in D.C. sex clubs.)

    These are the true beneficiaries of big government -- or our "commitments," as Obama calls them -- not the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and those about whom we say "There but for the grace of God, go I."
  • ||

    I don't understand. Don't government agencies use firewalls? Every business I am aware of uses them.

  • Anon||

    Nothing to see here people, keep moving...

  • Old Mexican||

    The news team also found 18 weeks in which Torrence only worked two days.


    Cut the guy some slack: He suffers from the "Swedish Plague."

    http://www.thelocal.se/31820/20110203/

  • DanD||

    That nut punch hit home. Literally.

    WSMV has one of the best investigative journalism teams in the country. I'm glad they're still producing good work.

  • ||

    I understand why he's getting a rediculous salary and has no work, but to me it should be as simple as the county holding a special election to fire his ass and hire someone else in at half the cost(or less if they have this mouch time on their hands from actual workload). Surely its not unprecedented.

  • Joe M||

    Recall election!

  • ||

    """I've now been elected to my fifth term, so I must be doing something right."""

    After the I-investigation, we'll see if he gets a sixth.

  • ||

    Reality check, being the "court clerk" is a fucking sinecure. It's a reward for kissing so much ass everything tastes like shit. If anyone ever really thought this guy did work they are fucking kidding themselves. Here is a day in working life of the "court clerk"

    Get in office.
    Dick about for an hour or so.
    Read memo from Chief Judge about making docket more efficient and clerk office more productive.
    Order lackey to write memo about efficiency and productivity of clerks office.
    Dick around some more.
    2 hour Lunch.
    Order lackey think of new ways to make sure clerk's office has smaller case burden and do less work.
    Read previous proposals to reduce case burden and do less work.
    Dick around to closing time.

    Your tax dollars at work.

  • دردشه عراقية||

    Thanks

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