Ridley's letter states that he has "reviewed the complaint, exhibits and conducted a preliminary investigation into the matters asserted. I do not find that the conduct complained of meets the requirements set out in the statute. Therefore I decline to conduct a formal investigation or to start a proceeding for general ouster."
Ridley cites the wording from the Tennessee Code Annotated section 8-47-101 saying in his letter, "The grounds for ouster are very specific and set out in tennessee law as follows:
who shall knowingly or willfully neglect to perform any duty enjoined upon such officer by any of the laws of the state, or who shall in any public place be in a state of intoxication produced by strong drink voluntarily taken, or who shall engage in any form of illegal gambling, or who shall commit any act constituting a violation of any penal statute involving moral turpitude, shall forfeit such office and shall be ousted from such office in the manner hereinafter provided."
Ridley's letter adds that "complaints lodged against the marketing director are adminstrative and outside the scope of his job as city attorney."
Crossville city attorney