Vondell Richmond, the Clarksville City Council member of Ward 2, has filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court to retrieve records from the Clarksville City Attorney’s Office.

Richmond is under investigation by both the District Attorney General’s office in the 19th Judicial district and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for not living in the ward he represents, according to Saul Solomon, a Nashville attorney currently advising the Clarksville Ethics Commission.

There have been two complaints filed against Richmond with the Clarksville Ethics Commission claiming Richmond does not live in his ward.

The Clarksville city charter says there shall be one council member elected from each ward who is a resident of the ward, and the council member shall be selected by the qualified voters of the ward.

It also states that city council members shall continue to live, for the duration of their term of office, in the ward from which they were elected to serve.

Records filed with the Montgomery County Elections Commission name a house at 123 Cunningham Place in Ward 2 as Richmond’s residence. He is accused instead of living at the Renaissance at Peachers Mill apartments on W. Allen Griffey Road.

Records requested

The complaint filed by attorney Mark Olson on behalf of council member Richmond requests any communication that has taken place between the Clarksville City Attorney’s Office and the Office of the District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District.

Once Richmond was made aware of the complaint against him of not living in his ward, the court documents said he discussed the complaint with the city attorney’s office and considered the information to be protected by attorney-client privilege.

The documents further state that when Richmond retained Olson as counsel, Olson requested all documents, emails and other communication between the city and the district attorney’s office.

That request, issued by letter in October of last year, has not been answered.

Clarksville Ethics Commission on hold

On May 3, the Clarksville Ethics Commission met for the purpose of conducting a hearing on the Richmond complaint, but decided, under the advisement of Solomon, to postpone the hearing until the criminal investigation has been completed.

The ethics commission’s hearing has been rescheduled for September.

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