- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons has named David McGriff to the newly-created position of chief of staff to the agency that oversees the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

McGriff served as an interim deputy commissioner in the department in 2011, and as a consultant on the agency’s driver services centers from 2013 to 2014. The position pays $122,000 per year.

As chief of staff, McGriff will serve as Gibbons’ top adviser and oversee day-to-day operations for the department.

McGriff, a former marine, began his career as a police officer in Columbia in 1969 before joining the Memphis Police Department in 1974. He later worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration and as an investigator for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

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