NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk spoke with News 2 hours after the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office filed a report saying he won’t be charged following an investigation into his previous employment.
“I did the job that was assigned to me. I followed the law,” Funk said.
The investigation against him was initiated after he assumed a part-time job with the city of Nashville in June 2014 to receive a more lucrative pension plan.
As a part-time employee, he was allowed to enroll in the state’s former retirement plan. That plan was considered more profitable than the one he would have received if he’d waited until he assumed his role of district attorney on Sept. 1, 2014.
During its investigation in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office says Funk’s actions “could be viewed as an abuse of public money as defined in T.C.A. 8-19-501.”
Earlier this year in March, the DA said he was in the process of completing paperwork to withdraw from the old pension plan and enroll in the new one, as well as pay back the state for funds disbursed on his behalf from June 23 until Aug. 31, 2014.
On Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office concluded their investigation, saying “that no criminal prosecution is warranted in this matter.”
“This Office hopes this report and the remedial actions to be taken by Mr. Funk and the Conference will conclude this matter and will prevent similar issues from recurring in the future,” the Office added.
The district attorney first responded to the investigation Tuesday in a press release, saying he has “cooperated fully with the Attorney General during his inquiry into the circumstances of my employment as a part time pro tem before taking office as District Attorney.”
Funk goes on to explain “pro tem employment,” noting the Office’s report indicates that practice should end.
“I feel certain the Conference will change their long held practice and follow these new directions. However, my pro tem employment should be viewed within the context of the decade plus practice of the Conference,” he added.
He later spoke to News 2 Tuesday night and said he has yet to pay everything back in full but will now that the report is complete.
He said he tried to reimburse the state in the spring. Emails from his office indicate the Department of Finance and Administration told him he had to wait until the Attorney General’s investigation was complete.
“Hopefully I can have this finished up within the next week,” said Funk.
He said he’ll schedule a meeting with the Department of Finance and Administration as soon as possible to find out exactly what the reimbursement will be.