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Labor Department Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner Resign

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development has resigned.

Governor Bill Haslam announced Karla Davis' resignation Monday, saying it was due to family reasons.

"Over the past two years, the department has implemented several key initiatives including a comprehensive online jobs database to better connect job seekers to Tennessee employers and is playing a vital role in our effort to update Tennessee's worker's compensation laws," Haslam said. "I am grateful to Karla for her service and wish her the best."

Davis had served as commissioner since Haslam took office.

Governor Haslam has named Burns Phillips as acting commissioner. Phillips currently serves as managing director in the Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) overseeing customer-focused government initiatives administration wide.

The deputy commissioner, Alisa Malone, also resigned, though a resignation letter did not specify a reason. Her resignation was effective March 15, and said she "truly enjoyed her tenure" and wished Phillips the very best. 

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