Nashville Community Oversight Board Member Who Resigned Unexpectedly Has Lengthy Criminal Record


Up until last week Ovid Timothy Hughes was a member of Nashville’s Community Oversight Board (COB), dedicated to enforcing police accountability. However, Hughes wasn’t your typical concerned citizen on the COB – he has a lengthy criminal history himself.

Between 2001 and 2002, Hughes racked up several felony charges for burglary. He was sentenced to two years in the private prison Corrections Corporation of America, now known as CoreCivic, and two years’ probation. Then in 2008, Hughes was arrested and charged for mail fraud. Hughes had reportedly stolen credit card and private account information from his previous employer. From 2006 to 2007, Hughes used the information to spend over $78,000 on items such as computer equipment and designer clothing.

According to a now-archived press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Hughes was sentenced to a year in prison by District Judge Aleta Trauger. Court records revealed that his appeal of the judgment was denied. Additionally, court records revealed further that Trauger placed an order against Hughes in 2012 for parole reports of “noncompliance [with] conditions of supervised release.”

In a reply submitted underneath a blog post discussing his conviction, Hughes said his employer had treated him and other employees unfairly through practices such as overtime without pay. Hughes also alleged the company failed to afford him and others their severance packages and continued health benefits after they’d been laid off.

For those reasons, Hughes stated that although he was in the wrong for his actions, they weren’t entirely irrational after everything he’d endured from his employer.

“I’m not saying that my actions were defensible – but I’m not the Bennie [sic] Madoff-esque individual you describe in your article. Not innocent, sir. But not a sociopath who ‘believe[s] that theft from their company is somehow O.K.!’,” wrote Hughes. “I demonstrated by virtue of my work ethic and the awards and promotions I received [given] the opportunity, I was capable of serving my company with absolute commitment – even excellence.”

Hughes didn’t respond to request for comment from The Tennessee Star by press time.

Hughes has been an active member within the activist community. In addition to serving the COB for about a year, Hughes states on his Facebook page that he is the Statewide Coordinator for Black Voters Matter and the Senior Project Manager for The Equity Alliance. Most recently, Hughes was accepted into a leadership institute with STAND UP Nashville, a community-based social justice activism organization. Less than a week later, the city council announced his resignation. The reason for Hughes’ resignation wasn’t given.

Hughes was appointed to the COB last year – he was reportedly the top vote-getter. His term was set to expire in 2023. Now the COB is short one member, less than a month after appointing four new members. Vice Mayor Jim Shulman issued an announcement regarding the vacancy on Wednesday.

Only registered voters who are nominated by a community organization or a petition with 50 or more signatures are eligible to serve the COB. The application deadline is April 6, and the Metro Nashville City Council will hold the election on April 20.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Timothy Hughes” by Timothy Hughes.







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9 Thoughts to “Nashville Community Oversight Board Member Who Resigned Unexpectedly Has Lengthy Criminal Record”

  1. David

    Good luck finding another convicted felon willing to serve

  2. 83ragtop50

    Unfortunately this is typical of the nonsense coming out of the Nashville government. The COB is a very sad joke just chocked full of the unqualified.

  3. Boyd

    A felon who is a registered voter,….. And $78,000 is not stealing from your former company. Another one who is “owed” a living.

  4. Beatrice Shaw

    I agree he should probably not be on the board, but it has been a LONG time since his inappropriate behavior. People change and should be given second chances. Someone like him MIGHT have a good perspective on a board overseeing police.

    1. J.H.

      You’re unbelievably niave Beatrice. No, not everyone “deserves” a second chance by any means. Yes, people can change but it’s a rarity. Believing that someone like him might have any quality perspective on any board overseeing police is ignorant.

  5. Scott Geoffries

    The crimes against his former company are not minor. This is a pretty serious corruption scheme and apparently it’s not all his fault according to this article. The company made him steal customer financial information..yeah, right.

  6. Steve Allen

    Who better to protect the criminals than a criminal.

  7. Ms Independent

    Why was this person not vetted properly? We don’t need anymore affirmative action appointees as we all KNOW what that really means. This guy I had no business serving on that committee!

  8. rick

    A true representation of the Community Review Board, a criminal protecting criminals. The boards main job is to pander to the Democratic voter base., they desire no honest truthful review. What a political waste of money except for the Democrats!