Congratulations to our Midtown Republican member Bill Gibbons. He was tapped by Governor elect Bill Haslam to head Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The Shelby County District Attorney General will task “a group of all state executive branch public safety departments and agencies to develop a coherent, focused approach to combating crime,” according to the Commercial Appeal.
When Gibbons spoke to our group Tuesday, he indicated the need for the General Assembly to tackle different issues, such as making pseudophedrine a prescription drug and others, that would give police and the courts tools to deal with criminals more effectively. He also stressed the need to coordinate city, state and federal efforts to stem crime.
The newspaper reports that Gibbons will also remain chairman of Operation Safe Community in Shelby County. He will continue to live in Midtown and commute to Nashville.
Congratulations General Gibbons!