News release from Department of Finance and Administration:
NASHVILLE – A veteran law enforcement professional has been named to lead Tennessee’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), which pursues fraud among members of TennCare, the state’s healthcare insurance program. Emmanuel (Manny) Tyndall, of Clarksville, Tenn., has been with the OIG since December of 2004, and was one of the first five special agents hired to work in the agency’s criminal investigation division. Most recently, he served as Assistant Inspector General. Both the OIG and TennCare are part of the Department of Finance and Administration.
“We had many very good candidates for this important role, and Manny has the key qualities that will continue the challenging work of the agency,” F&A Commissioner Larry Martin said. “He has the background for this position, and it’s certainly favorable that he has served in a leadership role at the OIG. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
Tyndall holds master’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Health and Human Performance. He is also a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and the FBI National Academy. He has been a state employee for approximately 20 years and is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army. Tyndall’s appointment is effective immediately.
“I’ve watched the OIG grow from infancy to the most professional health oversight and law enforcement agency I know of,” Tyndall said. “I look forward to continuing the advancement of a successful, skilled and specialized agency that ultimately reflects positively on the state and works hard to fulfill its mission to preserve TennCare.”
Tyndall succeeds Deborah Faulkner, who started the OIG in 2004 and this summer became Assistant Police Chief in the City of Franklin, which is nearer to her home and family. Faulkner is now Chief of Police for Franklin.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare.