Safety Commissioner Leaving Haslam Administration

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Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons is leaving Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration.

Gibbons, a former Memphis prosecutor, joined the Haslam administration in December 2010. He had previously been a rival for the Republican gubernatorial nomination and had been a frequent critic of Haslam’s refusal to divulge his earnings from family owned truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J.

In one of the campaign’s more memorable moments, Gibbons demanded that Haslam “just tell us your income from Pilot Oil, right now.”

The safety commissioner oversees law enforcement and homeland security issues in the state, and is in charge of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Gibbons’ last day will be Aug. 31.

Gibbons was appointed as Shelby County district attorney general in 1996 and was elected to full eight-year terms in 1998 and 2006.

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