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cials whosebackground information wasimproperly accessed by aWilson County commissionerhave hired an attorney torepresent them and met atthe scene of the indiscretionMonday and formallyrequested information aboutthe investigation.A total of nine Mt. Juliet employees and of
cials,including Mt. Juliet CityManager Randy Robertson,Mayor Linda Elam, District2 Commissioner Will Sellersand Stormwater CoordinatorGary Gaskin, were informedby Smyrna Airport AuthorityExecutive Director JohnBlack that their personalinformation had beenaccessed by Chris Sorey, who was an employee of the Airport Authority at thetime. Sorey, a Wilson Countycommissioner representingDistrict 2, used the airport’scriminal justice portal toaccess the backgroundinformation.According to Cityof
cials, several of thenine have hired Nashvilleattorney Geno Machetti torepresent them. Attemptsto contact Marchetti wereunsuccessful by press time Tuesday.Black met with seven of the nine – Elam and CodesEnforcer Steve Thomas were absent – Mondayat the airport and saidthe investigation into thematter by the TennesseeBureau of Investigation(TBI) “is done and handedover,” and that an internalinvestigation by airportauthorities was concluded“probably in March.” Blacksaid Monday that part of the“agreement” he made with TBI of
cials concerning theinvestigation is that he alertanyone whose backgroundinformation Sorey accessedand that Black “discuss”any information he releasesto anyone about theinvestigation with the TBI inadvance.“There is no ongoinginvestigation right now,”Black said Monday. “But I’llhave to ask the TBI whenand what I can say aboutthe accessed information.”Robertson, however, wanted answers.“It’s been months,” hetold Black. “Our information,the personal informationand social security numbersof my employees and myself,has been violated, and we still haven’t been toldanything by you or by them(the TBI).”Gaskins added thathe alerted Mt. Juliet Cityof
cials in late 2007 that hispersonal information hadbeen accessed and posed thequestion of whether it wassomeone inside or outsideCity Hall who did it.“This man gave you a warning order thatsomething suspect wasgoing on as early as 2007,”Robertson told Black. “We want some answers here.”
‘Smyrna nine’ hire attorney, demand info on background checks
By Tomi L. Wiley
Smyrna Airport Authority Executive Director John Black, far left, didn’t have many answers on Mondayfor City Manager Randy Robertston, D2 City Commissioner Will Sellers and ﬁve other City employeeswhose personal information was improperly accessed by Chris Sorey. These seven of the nine requestedinformation on the investigation into Sorey’s actions by the airport authority.
Photo by Tomi L. Wiley
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