Recovery Court Audit

The General Sessions Recovery Court was audited in the aftermath of former Judge Casey Moreland’s indictment. As a member of the Metro Audit Committee, I received the audit report when it was issued last Friday. It usually takes several days for Metro to get it posted online. As of this afternoon, it wasn’t posted yet…so I am posting it here.

Among other things, the report found that the Recovery Court paid some travel expense for the staff of non-Metropolitan Nashville Government entities. The report says: “Specifically, airline fares for employees of the Davison County Drug Court Foundation were paid for by the General Sessions Recovery Court. The Davidson County Drug Court Foundation subsequently reimbursed $1,780 to the Metropolitan Nashville Government for these expenditures.” Another $8,868 was not reimbursed until recently.

I have asked Metro Audit if they have a schedule of the names of the people for whom travel was paid, the company/entity with which they were affiliated, the destination, and the dates of travel. Metro Audit is checking with Metro Legal to see if those work papers may be released. I think it is important for Metro to continue to take a lead role in shining a light on how these funds were used, and how the Davidson County Drug Court Foundation interacted financially with the General Sessions Recovery Court while under the watch of Judge Moreland.

Bob Mendes

Bob Mendes represents all of Nashville as a Council-At-Large member of Nashville’s Metro Council. He is Chair of the Council’s Charter Revision Committee, a member of the Metropolitan Audit Committee, and a member of the Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, Rules & Confirmations Committee, and Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee. Bob also practices business law at Waypoint Law PLLC. Bob’s complete bio is here. You can follow Bob @mendesbob.