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Gibbons: Some Surprised at End of THP Favoritism

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons said Tuesday that he had to send strong signals early in his tenure of heading the Tennessee Highway Patrol that the election of a new governor would not lead to favoritism for certain troopers.
In a speech to a group of Southeastern law enforcement officials, Gibbons said that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam insisted after his election in 2010 that only performance and merit should influence promotions and assignments.
“I’ll be honest, there was some people who were kind of surprised at that early on,” said Gibbons, who previously served as the top prosecutor in Shelby County.

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