Tennessee Lt. Gov., House Speaker call on TBI acting director to step down
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell are calling on Acting TBI Director Jason Locke to step down amid accusations he misused state funds during an affair with another state employee.
Haslam's office released e-mails sent from Locke's wife on Friday, accusing him of having an affair with another state employee. She told Haslam that her husband had admitted to driving his state vehicle to hotels paid for by the state to have an affair.
On Tuesday, Harwell commended Haslam's quick action and is asking Locke to step down.
“I commend Gov. Haslam for immediately launching an investigation into the allegations regarding Acting TBI Director Jason Locke’s misuse of funds. Locke now needs to step down. This should be dealt with swiftly, as the taxpayers of this state deserve nothing less. Tennesseans must be able to have trust in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” Harwell said via statement.
The sentiment was echoed by McNally, who calls the allegations "troubling." McNally's office released the following statement on his behalf: “The allegations against Jason are extremely troubling. If I were advising him, I would counsel him to resign for the good of his family and the bureau.”