Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Monday morning that Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis is resigning because of 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 in a news release. "I am grateful to Karla for her service and wish her the best."
The governor named Burns Phillips as acting commissioner. Phillips currently serves as managing director in the Department of Finance and Administration, which oversees customer-focused government initiatives administration wide.
"Burns brings both public and private sector experience to this interim role," Haslam said. "I appreciate his willingness to take on these responsibilities as we continue to focus on serving the citizens of Tennessee.
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