UPDATE: Governor Bill Haslam named Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's new director Monday.

Rausch, 55, has served as chief of police for the Knoxville Police Department since 2011, overseeing an agency of more than 500 employees, including some 400 sworn police officers.

Rausch joined the KPD in 1993 and rose through the ranks, serving in several different roles, including as deputy chief and a member of the special operations squad.

“David brings a wealth of experience to the TBI and the proven leadership to continue the great progress the agency has made in making Tennessee safer. As police chief in Knoxville, he took on both urban and rural public safety issues and collaborated with local, state and federal partners to help address some of the region’s most pressing crimes, such as gang activity and human trafficking,” Haslam said in a news release.

Rausch has served in multiple leadership roles in professional law enforcement organizations, including the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was named the 2017 Chief of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and several federal law enforcement programs. He also has extensive community service involvement.

“I am honored and humbled the governor has selected me for this position. The TBI is an excellent organization with amazing employees dedicated to serving the great state of Tennessee. I look forward to working alongside them to lead the agency into the next chapter and am excited to bring my vision and energy to serve in this capacity,” Rausch said.

Rausch is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Military Police Corps from 1986-1990. He earned a master of science degree in justice administration and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Louisville.

Rausch will become director effective Monday, June 25, 2018.

Former Bradley County Sheriff and East Ridge City Manager Tim Gobble was among the finalists for the job.

PREVIOUS STORY: Tim Gobble, the former Bradley County Sheriff and East Ridge City Manager is among the 10 finalists for the TBI Director position, according to NBC affiliate WSMV in Nashville.

The current TBI director, Mark Gwyn, announced his retirement for the state agency in February after serving for 14 years. Gwyn's retirement is effective June 1, 2018.

The TBI nominating commission narrowed their list of director candidates for interviews to:

  • Tim Gobble
  • David Jolley
  • Jason Locke
  • Genevieve May
  • Richard Moore
  • Marjorie Quin
  • David Rausch
  • Edward Reinhold
  • Danny Wright
  • Jerry Kitchen