New director meets staff today at TBI HQ

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Even though he is not officially on the job until next Monday, newly appointed Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch visited the agency today that he will soon lead.

A TBI spokesperson told News 2 that Rausch, who is currently the Knoxville Chief of Police, “has been at Headquarters to meet with staff members.”

Rausch was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam from a list of three candidates selected by a nominating commission last month that included Acting TBI Director Jason Locke.

Just before word of Rausch’s appointment came Monday, a spokesperson for Governor Haslam said emails sent by Locke’s wife to the governor’s office “had been turned over to law enforcement.”

Kim Locke alleges her husband Jason misused public funds during an affair with another state employee.

Since early Monday afternoon, the state comptroller’s office, the TBI, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk have indicated publicly they are all conferring about allegations made in the emails by Kim Locke.

A TBI spokesperson said Locke was at work today in his continued role as acting director since longtime director Mark Gwyn retired in May.

It is not clear if there was a formal meeting between Locke and Chief Rausch.

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