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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn stepping down

TBI Director Mark Gwyn. (Tennessee Government Official photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn has announced he will be stepping down.

FOX 17 News has confirmed Gwyn will be leaving the agency effective June 1. A spokesperson with the TBI says Gwyn plans to "retire later this year."

A recent audit of the agency by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office found some issues in the way the agency spends money.

The TCO report found the agency has exceeded budget estimates since 2014, forcing it to dip into reserve funds.

The report also stated since the TBI does not "clearly belong to a single branch of government," its unique role in the state government "requires a balance between independence and accountability."

Gwyn had also taken criticism for mistakes the agency made during the Holly Bobo investigation. He and the agency were recently tapped by the District Attorney's Office to investigate any potential misappropriation of public funds by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry following her admission of an affair with her head of security.

According to FOX 17 News reporter Dennis Ferrier, Gwyn made the announcement at the District Attorney's Conference.

Gwyn became Director of the TBI in 2004 after serving in various roles for the agency. He is the first African-American to lead the TBI.

Gwyn was reappointed by Gov. Haslam to the post in 2016 after serving two terms. Terms are to last 6 years.

As for what's next for the position, according to Tennessee Code, "In the case of a vacancy in the office of director arising during a term, the commission shall meet and submit a list of nominees within ninety (90) days of the date of the vacancy. In such a case, the appointment by the governor shall be for the unexpired portion of the director's term."

The following is a statement released by the Director on his retirement:

"I’ve been in law enforcement for over 30 years and have lovingly served as your Director for 14 years, however, the time has come for me to retire. I have prayed and thought about this decision for some time now and I believe this is the right time for me and for the Bureau.

During my tenure, I believe I have done all that I can do to improve our resources, training and equipment for the Bureau family and along with your hard work, TBI has become the best state law enforcement agency in this state and this country. We have come a very long way and I am honored to have served in this capacity for so long. I hope I have left in part, a legacy that reflects the integrity, leadership and compassion that touches every facet of this agency. It was my goal to leave the Bureau better than it was when it was given to me.

I will remain as TBI Director until June 1, 2018. During that time, the selection process will begin for my successor. Please continue your dedication and remain diligent to succeed in our mission of “That Guilt Shall Not Escape, Nor Innocence Suffer.”

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