- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons has named Tony Barham as executive officer to Tennessee Highway Patrol commander Tracy Trott.

Barham, who was promoted from THP captain to major, replaces Betty Blair, who is retiring after a 21-year career. She was the first woman to hold the rank of major in the agency.

Barham has been in charge of the highway patrol’s Special Programs Unit since 2009, which includes commercial vehicle enforcement, school bus safety and D.A.R.E. programs.

The Hendersonville native began his THP career in 1988, serving as a road trooper in Giles, Hardin and McNairy counties until his promotion to sergeant in 2003 and lieutenant in 2008.

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