(NASHVILLE, TN), July 13, 2011 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) announced today that Tennessee Commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons will visit Roane County on Friday, July 22 for several events. The Commissioner will visit the Rockwood Driver Testing Station and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Museum before speaking to the Rockwood Civitan Club.
“I am delighted that Commissioner Gibbons is visiting Roane County,” said Senator Yager. “We are pleased to give him a tour of the Rockwood Testing Station and the Highway Patrol Museum, and know that many local citizens will want to hear him speak at the Civitan Club.”
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Gibbons served as Shelby County District Attorney General for approximately 14 years. As Commissioner, Gibbons oversees the agency’s law enforcement, safety education, motorist services, and disaster preparedness and prevention programs. He also chairs a cabinet working group of all state executive branch public safety departments and agencies to develop a single, consistent state agenda to combat crime.
Gibbons began his state government career in 1979 as a special policy assistant for former Governor Lamar Alexander and then returned to private law practice in 1981. He rejoined state government in 1996, after being named District Attorney General in order to fill an unexpired term. Gibbons was then elected to a pair of eight-year terms in 1998 and 2006.