Jim White, who has served for eight years as executive director of the Fiscal Review Committee, has submitted his resignation effective Oct. 1 to return to the private practice of law.
Sen. Bill Ketron, chairman of the Fiscal Review Committee, says that a subcommittee will conduct a search for White’s successor.
On a short-term basis, Ketron says David Thurman, director of the Legislature’s Office of the Budget, will serve as interim executive director of the Fiscal Review Committee.
According to release issued by the governor’s office earlier today, Thurman will become state budget director on Oct. 10, replacing veteran Budget Director Bill Bradley.
White said in an interview that he will join the Nashville law firm of Jones, Hawkins and Farmer.
“Under the chairmanship of Sen. Ketron, the Fiscal Review Committee has done a lot of exciting things and those are largely complete,” said White. “I felt like this was an appriate time to return to my roots.”
White said that he sees the committee as having increased professionalism of its staff and “reinvigorated its oversight role” over the state’s finances, including reviews of non-competitive state contracts that are awarded.
The Fiscal Review subcommittee that will seek a successor to White will include Ketron, committee Vice Chairman Charles Curtiss, D-Sparta; Rep. Curtis Johnson, R-Clarksville; Sen. Reginald Tate, D-Memphis; Rep. Charles Sargent, R-Franklin, according to Ketron.
A news release on the Fiscal Review Committee changes is below.
News release from Darlene Schlicher, legislative staffer:
(NASHVILLE, September 21, 2011) – Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) today announced that Legislative Budget Director David Thurman will serve as interim director of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Fiscal Review Committee until assuming his new position with the Department of Finance and Administration. Thurman will succeed Director Jim White who resigned yesterday to join the law firm of Jones, Hawkins and Farmer in Nashville.
“I’d like to thank Jim White for his years of service to the legislature and express my sincere appreciation to David Thurman for agreeing to help us usher in a new era at Fiscal Review,” said Sen. Ketron.
“We’ve consulted both Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell regarding the interim appointment,” said Rep. Johnson. “They are confident in Mr. Thurman’s ability to fill this role and look forward to the appointment of a new permanent director.”
The Fiscal Review Committee is composed of six senators and nine members of the House of Representatives. The speaker of each house and the chairman of the Finance, Ways and Means Committee of each house serve as ex officio members. Committee members will begin the search for a new director immediately.
The Fiscal Review Committee was created by statute in 1967 as a special continuing committee of the General Assembly. The function of the Committee is to conduct a continuing review the fiscal operations of state departments and agencies. The Committee is also responsible for preparing fiscal notes for all general bills or resolutions which are introduced in the General Assembly that have a fiscal effect on state or local government.
Thurman will also continue to serve as Director of the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis.