published Monday, March 18th, 2013

Tennessee labor commissioner abruptly resigns

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam today announced state Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis has resigned “due to family reasons.”

She’s the second of Haslam’s commissioners to resign this year.

Davis has come under criticism from several former top department employees.

But in his statement, Haslam made no mention of that, and simply said the department has implemented “several key initiatives” under Davis, including a comprehensive online data jobs database. The governor said he is “grateful” to Davis for her service. Burns Phillips has been tapped as acting commissioner.

Last month, Children’s Services Commissioner Kate O’Day abruptly resigned over issues relating to documentation of the deaths of children who had either been in state custody or had had contact with the department.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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