Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn plans on retiring later this year.

Gwyn made the announcement to TBI employees on Thursday morning.

Gwyn will remain in place as director until June 1, 2018. The selection process will begin soon to find his successor.

Gwyn has served as the director of the TBI for 14 years and has been working in law enforcement for over 30 years.

In 2016 Gwyn was the first TBI Director to be appointed to a third term after Gov. Bill Haslam reappointed him.

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) released a statement about Gwyn's retirement.

“For 14 years, Mark Gwyn has run the TBI and performed at the highest of levels.  His actions have been above reproach and he has served with vision, integrity and compassion.  His leadership will be missed by Tennesseans and I will personally miss his professionalism.  I know that many across the state join me in wishing Mark well.”

Below is the full text of the memo Gwyn sent to employees.

I’ve been in law enforcement for over 30 years and have lovingly served as your Director for 14 years, however, the time has come for me to retire. I have prayed and thought about this decision for some time now and I believe this is the right time for me and for the Bureau. 

During my tenure, I believe I have done all that I can do to improve our resources, training and equipment for the Bureau family and along with your hard work, TBI has become the best state law enforcement agency in this state and this country.  We have come a very long way and I am honored to have served in this capacity for so long. I hope I have left in part, a legacy that reflects the integrity, leadership and compassion that touches every facet of this agency. It was my goal to leave the Bureau better than it was when it was given to me. 

I will remain as TBI Director until June 1, 2018. During that time, the selection process will begin for my successor. Please continue your dedication and remain diligent to succeed in our mission of “That Guilt Shall Not Escape, Nor Innocence Suffer.”

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