State Finance Commissioner Leaving Office

Tennessee Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes will be leaving office at the end of May to enjoy retirement, Chattanoogan.com reports. Gov. Bill Haslam praised Emkes’ service, saying he helped the administration present “three responsible, thoughtful and strategic budgets.” Before joining the Haslam team, Emkes spent his entire professional career at Bridgestone Americas, working his way up from a trainee to chairman, chief executive officer and president. He retired from the company in February 2010 after 33 years. The governor reports that he has begun a search for his replacement.