NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Tim Gobble, deputy chief for corrections and security with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, to the Tennessee Board of Parole.
Gobble's appointment becomes effective Tuesday, July 16 and the term expires December 31, 2015. Gobble will be filling the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of Charles Taylor.
Gobble is a former Bradley County sheriff and East Ridge city manager.
Board members evaluate parole requests for all eligible state inmates serving sentences of more than two years. They also review and make recommendations to the governor on all clemency requests.
The job pays $93,732 a year.
"I am honored to be appointed to this position by Governor Haslam," Gobble said in a news release. "I look forward to serving and working with Chairman Montgomery, other Parole Board members [and] Parole Board staff."
A Republican from Bradley County, Gobble has been in public service most of his adult life. He was a U.S. Secret Service agent and a Cleveland city councilman before he was elected sheriff. In 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for the 3rd Congressional District's GOP nomination.
He later worked as deputy chief for corrections and security with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office before becoming East Ridge's city manager in spring of 2011. He left East Ridge in February.
City managers in East Ridge often have a short shelf life and Gobble found himself embroiled in several controversies there, including hiring a 19-year-old friend from his church at a $35,000 salary.
He said he was proud that he left the city in good financial shape, and that he implemented several successful programs.