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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch, center, speaks at a news conference at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Monday, April 29, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday reappointed Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch to serve a full six-year term as head of the agency.

"David is a committed public servant who has worked tirelessly to keep Tennessee communities safe," Lee said in a news release. "I appreciate his leadership and am confident he will continue to serve and protect Tennesseans with integrity."

Rausch was named TBI director in 2018. A U. S. Army veteran with more than three decades of law enforcement experience, Rausch spent 25 years with the Knoxville Police Department, including seven years as the department's chief of police.

On Tuesday, the TBI Nominating Commission forwarded the names of Rausch and two other nominees to Lee.

During Rausch's presentation and in subsequent questions from nominating commission members, Rausch praised his leadership team and pointed to strides the agency has made in several areas.

He thanked Lee and state legislators, noting they put additional funds into the agency. Authorized personnel has risen from 540 to 710 over the past four years. The agency's budget has risen from $75 million to just more than $123 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Contact Andy Sher at asher@timesfreepress.com or 615-255-0550. Follow him on Twitter @AndySher1.

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