NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers today announced the appointment of Jim Bryson as deputy commissioner of Parks and Conservation at the agency.
Bryson, a former state senator and unsuccessful 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee, replaces former deputy commissioner Brock Hill who was fired in February following an investigation into complaints of "workplace misconduct."
In a news release, Salyers said Bryson's "experience in business, state government and community involvement, coupled with his passion for the outdoors, makes him uniquely qualified for this position."
He said "I look forward to working with Jim to make Tennessee State Parks the best run state park system in the nation."
Saying he was honored by the appointment, Bryson said "we have an outstanding record in parks and conservation in Tennessee, and I am committed to building on that success alongside the incredible staff.
"This is a special opportunity for us to preserve and enhance enjoyment of the great natural wonders of our state," Bryson said.
He said he has had a lifelong love of the outdoors.
Bryson is founder and president of 20/20 Research Inc., a market research consulting, project management and technology firm based in Nashville. The business launched in 1986 and is a global leader in online qualitative research software and services.