• Haslam Announces Departure of Richard Roberts

    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 | 10:41am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the departure of Department of Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts who will leave the administration December 2. Roberts has served as commissioner since 2011. Under his leadership, the department adopted several systems and procedures that have improved services to citizens and businesses, including an updated tax registration and reporting system and a motor vehicle and title registration system. The department also reduced a prior backlog of tax-letter rulings, started a program to identify tax underreporting and underpayment of taxes, and promoted and encouraged electronic tax filing to increase efficiency and promote cost savings.

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  • Haslam Names Marie Williams Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

    Thursday, October 06, 2016 | 11:23am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Marie Williams as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services effective October 22. Williams will replace Commissioner Doug Varney who announced his retirement last week. Williams, 51, started with the department in 2000 and has served as deputy commissioner since 2011, directly managing the department’s daily operations and budget. As deputy commissioner, Williams has overseen a transformation in the mental health system in east Tennessee to better serve long-term patients by transitioning them into community-based programs. She also helped create the department’s Prescription for Success multi-faceted strategy to tackle the prescription drug epidemic in Tennessee.

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  • Haslam Names David Purkey Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security

    Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 2:25pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David Purkey as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security beginning September 1. Purkey, 57, has served as the department’s assistant commissioner and homeland security advisor since 2011. Under his leadership, the Office of Homeland Security has transformed into a proactive agency, overseeing school security plans, training citizens and law enforcement agencies in active shooter response, and leading the state’s efforts to combat cybercrime.

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  • Haslam Announces Policy Director Will Cromer To Join TennCare as Deputy Director, Chief of Staff

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 11:49am

    NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Will Cromer, his special assistant for strategy and policy director, will be joining the Bureau of TennCare as deputy director and chief of staff.  “Will has been one of my closest and most trusted advisors for more than six years, and while I think this is a great opportunity for him and the new leadership team Dr. Long is assembling at TennCare, I would be lying if I said I won’t miss having him one floor away,” Haslam said. “Will is incredibly smart and thoughtful, and he has been at the heart of every major policy decision and initiative we’ve launched in our office. I’m excited to see him apply his knowledge and experience in helping manage this $11 billion agency.” 

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  • Haslam Appoints Mike Krause To Lead Tennessee Higher Education Commission

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 2:13pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since 2014 and successfully managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other initiatives under the Drive to 55 umbrella.

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  • Haslam Reappoints Mark Gwyn as Director of TBI

    Monday, July 11, 2016 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the reappointment of Mark Gwyn as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Gwyn, 53, has led Tennessee’s lead investigative law enforcement agency for 12 years. Under his leadership, the TBI has expanded its resources and embraced technology to enhance the agency’s investigating strengths. Gwyn oversaw the creation of a Technical Services Unit that is responsible for high-tech surveillance methods, computer forensics, and investigating internet crimes against children; helped establish the nationally recognized Tennessee Fusion Center which services as a central hub of information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and spearheaded the state’s efforts to combat human trafficking, including the creation of a special unit to investigate cases and train law enforcement officers across the state.

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  • Haslam Names Tony Parker Commissioner of Correction

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 11:17am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Tony Parker as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of the Correction (TDOC) effective June 19. Parker will replace Derrick Schofield who announced June 1 he is leaving the administration to join GEO Group in Florida as executive vice president for continuum of care.  A 33-year veteran of TDOC, Parker has served five administrations, beginning his career as a correctional officer, working his way up and serving since 2012 as assistant commissioner of prisons, supervising prison operations, security operations and offender management. 

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  • Haslam Announces Departure of Derrick Schofield

    Wednesday, June 01, 2016 | 10:11am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield will leave the administration at the end of June to join GEO Group in Florida as executive vice president for continuum of care. Schofield, 55, has led the department since the start of the administration in 2011 and has been an integral voice in shaping the governor’s public safety agenda during the administration. He has served on the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet since its inception, most recently helping to shape the Public Safety Act of 2016, which makes smarter use of prison bed space, among other important safety objectives.

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  • Haslam Appoints Patrick Sheehan as TEMA Director

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 10:33am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Patrick Sheehan as director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Sheehan, 40, is currently the operations administrator for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. He has led Ohio’s Emergency Operations Center and the Radiological and Preparedness Branches since 2014, successfully managing the state’s response to several declared emergencies including the 2014 Ebola event, a 2014 drinking water crisis in Toledo, a statewide propane shortage in 2014, and a 2012 statewide long-term power outage and heat wave impacting 33 Ohio counties. 

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  • Haslam Announces Wendy Long as New TennCare Director

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016 | 1:42pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Dr. Wendy Long will become the director of TennCare and deputy commissioner of Health Care Finance and Administration (HCFA). Long will replace Darin Gordon, who is leaving at the end of June after 10 years as TennCare director. She has served as deputy director and chief of staff of the Health Care Finance and Administration division of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration since 2013.  Long served as chief medical officer for TennCare from 2004-2012.

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  • Haslam Appoints Dyer To Court of Criminal Appeals

    Thursday, March 31, 2016 | 1:54pm

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Shelby County Attorney J. Ross Dyer to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Section, replacing Roger Page, who recently became a Tennessee Supreme Court Justice. Dyer’s appointment will require confirmation by the Tennessee General Assembly.

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  • Haslam Names Jai Templeton Agriculture Commissioner

    Thursday, March 31, 2016 | 9:59am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Jai Templeton, a sixth generation Tennessee farmer, as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture effective May 1. Templeton will replace Julius Johnson who last week announced his retirement. Templeton, 44, currently serves as the department’s deputy commissioner, leading the day-to-day operations and directing programs and services that range from food safety to animal and plant health to agricultural development.

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  • Haslam Announces Departure of TennCare Director Darin Gordon

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 11:11am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced TennCare Director and Deputy Commissioner of Health Care Finance and Administration Darin Gordon will enter the private sector at the end of June, leaving a nationally respected legacy of stability and innovation for a program serving some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable populations. Started in 1994, TennCare is the state’s Medicaid program, a $10.5 billion health care enterprise that provides services to nearly 1.5 million Tennesseans and has earned customer satisfaction ratings above 90 percent for the past seven years.

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