As part of a realignment of his top staff, Gov. Bill Haslam named a former IBM executive as “chief operating officer” for state government Tuesday and tasked him with increasing oversight of various departments in state government.
Greg Adams, 58, has spent 37 years with IBM, most recently as a managing director in its financial service factor. His state salary will be $165,000 per year and begin serving July 8, according to a gubernatorial spokesman.
The move comes after Claude Ramsey, deputy to the governor, announced earlier his retirement effective Aug. 31, and Mark Cate was elevated from senior adviser to chief of staff. Ramsey’s salary is $187,452 per year; Cate’s $155,000.
The governor said Adams is “not a replacement” for Ramsey because “he’s going to do a very different job, but that there are “no plans right now” to name a new deputy.
“Now that I’ve been governor for two and a half years, I realize one of the things that is hardest about being governor for me is that I can’t spend the time I would like with each department.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board has chosen a former energy chief from North Carolina, who was ousted from his previous company earlier this year, to succeed retiring Tom Kilgore as the chief executive of the nation’s largest public utility.
Bill Johnson was CEO of Progress Energy and had been slated to lead Duke Energy when the two companies combined to form the nation’s largest investor-owned utility in July. But within hours of the merger Johnson was out, replaced by Jim Rogers, who had been Duke’s CEO but was slated to become executive chairman.
The surprise ouster has prompted North Carolina’s utility regulator to investigate whether the state and public were misled during the merger approval process.
At a news conference in Knoxville on Monday, TVA Board Chairman Bill Sansom expressed total confidence in the board’s choice of leadership. He said the board was unanimous in its support for Johnson.
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Jackson police officer is being credited with helping change a state law that deals with stricter penalties for sex offenders.
Jackson police investigator Mark Headen says he became mad when he learned that a violent sex offender was again suspected of stalking more than a dozen women.
The Jackson Sun reports that Headen (http://bit.ly/Lyii2g ) proposed a state amendment to increase indecent exposure and stalking charges to Class E felonies punishable by up to six years in prison if the crime is committed by a registered sex offender.
Before Headen worked to change the law, anyone charged with indecent exposure would be charged with a Class B misdemeanor punishable with a maximum 30 days in jail, while a stalking charge was a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 11 months and 29 days.
News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment of Jessica Robertson as the state’s first Chief Procurement Officer today.
Robertson most recently served as Deputy Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Administration managing the operations for the state’s procurement division. In this position, Robertson set policy for procurement and negotiated multi-million dollar contracts. Robertson graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor of science in finance.
After an internship at the Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Robertson began her public service as a governor’s fellow. Robertson has also served as the senior account manager for the Family and Social Service Administration and the Department of Child Services and Director of Strategic Sourcing for the Indiana Department of Administration.
TBI news release:
Knoxville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a former Clinton Police Department officer after the Anderson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against him on one count of aggravated statutory rape at the completion of a month long TBI investigation and presentment to the grand jury.
Randall Chisum, 29, Maynardville, Tenn., was booked into the Anderson County Jail this morning after a capias was issued for his arrest. On May 9, 2001, the mother of the 17-year-old victim told the police department of Chisum’s inappropriate contact with her daughter.
When confronted, Chisum resigned from the department. TBI was requested by the 7th Judicial District Attorney General to open an investigation on May 11, 2011. It determined that Chisum had sexual relations with the 17-year-old girl earlier that month. Chisum was being held on a $25,000 bond.