Haslam Comments on Issues Surrounding Finalists for TBI Director Position - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on May 29, 2018
Gov. Bill Haslam says he understands issues that have been raised about the candidates he is considering to lead the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and will be mindful of these concerns when personally interviewing each, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Among the nominees are Acting TBI Director Jason Locke; former Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble and Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.
Some of the issues raised regarding the nominees include a lawsuit brought against Gobble alleging violation of first amendment rights by his former finance director, the hiring of Locke’s son — a recent college graduate with no law enforcement experience — by the agency, sparking concerns of nepotism, and "professional courtesy" calls made by Rausch to then University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones about a rape investigation involving two players. Each candidate was approved by the independent TBI Nominating Commission for Haslam and will be subject to vetting by a retired FBI special agent to conduct background investigations on the nominees.