Tennessee state parks head fired, accused of misconduct

Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 16:58:01-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says its top state parks official has been fired over allegations of workplace misconduct.

A statement by the agency says Brock Hill was terminated from his role as deputy commissioner "following an investigation into complaints of workplace misconduct." The agency provided no details about the allegations, but in an email to staff, said Hill was dismissed in part to maintain "a safe and enjoyable workspace where people can thrive."

Hill served in the role since 2011, and previously served as the mayor of Cumberland County for more than a decade.

Commissioner Salyers sent the following email to Parks and Conservation staff:

Dear Parks and Conservation Staff:
Last week I separated former Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill from State service following an investigation into complaints of workplace misconduct. Anne Marshall has agreed to serve as interim Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation.
I believe that TDEC leadership must always set the tone for a safe, positive, professional, and respectful work environment. Thank you for the work you do each day to preserve and protect our natural, cultural, and scenic areas while maintaining a safe and enjoyable workspace where people can thrive. I am looking forward to visiting with you in the near future as I travel across the state to listen to your thoughts on taking our public service to the next level.

Thanks again,

David W. Salyers, P.E.