Former Bradley County sheriff Tim Gobble is among the 10 finalists for the top job at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, multiple Nashville media outlets report.
Current Director Mark Gwyn is retiring June 1. The state Department of Human Resources had its first meeting Wednesday and whittled a list of 44 applicants down to 10, News Channel 5 in Nashville reported.
Those 10 will be interviewed next month and a final list of three names will be sent to Gov. Bill Haslam.
Gobble now serves on the Tennessee Board of Parole. He worked for the U.S. Secret Service and began his public service career with his election to the Cleveland City Council in 2002.
He was elected Bradley County sheriff in 2006, giving up the office in 2010 for an unsuccessful bid for the 3rd Congressional District. He also has served as emergency management director for Bradley County, as East Ridge city manager and as interim deputy chief of the Hamilton County Jail.
The other finalists are:
David Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the eastern district of Tennessee and a former TBI agent
Jerry Kitchen, former TBI agent and an assistant U.S. attorney in Memphis
Jason Locke , deputy TBI director
Genevieve May, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Richard Moore, supervisor of the TBI's training division
Marjorie Quin, former TBI assistant special agent in charge and now an assistant professor at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.
David Rausch, Knoxville police chief
Ed Reinhold, a deputy assistant director of the FBI and former special agent in charge of the FBI's Knoxville office. Reinhold was in charge of the FBI investigation into the July 16, 2015, murders of five military members in Chattanooga.
Daniel R. Wright, retired TBI agent and adjunct professor at Roane State Community College.