Bill Gibbons To Leave Haslam Cabinet

Posted at 5:13 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 18:13:20-04

Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons announced he’s leaving Republican Governor Bill Haslam's administration.

Gibbons, a former Memphis prosecutor, joined the Haslam administration in December 2010. He had previously been a rival for the Republican gubernatorial nomination and had been a frequent critic of Haslam's refusal to divulge his earnings from family owned truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J.

In one of the campaign's more memorable moments, Gibbons demanded that Haslam "just tell us your income from Pilot Oil, right now."

The safety commissioner has been overseeing law enforcement and homeland security issues in the state and has been in charge of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Gibbons' last day has been set for August 31.

Gibbons was appointed as Shelby County district attorney general in 1996 and was elected to full eight-year terms in 1998 and 2006.