Gov. Haslam appoints Knoxville PD Chief David Rausch as next TBI - WSMV News 4

Gov. Haslam appoints Knoxville PD Chief David Rausch as next TBI Director

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Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch (Photo: WBIR) Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch (Photo: WBIR)
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Gov. Bill Haslam appointed former Knoxville Police Department Chief David B. Rausch as the next director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

“David brings a wealth of experience to the TBI and the proven leadership to continue the great progress the agency has made in making Tennessee safer," Haslam said. "As police chief in Knoxville, he took on both urban and rural public safety issues and collaborated with local, state and federal partners to help address some of the region’s most pressing crimes, such as gang activity and human trafficking."

Rausch, 55, was one of three candidates in consideration for the position. 

Rausch has led the Knoxville Police Dept. since 2011 where he oversaw over 500 employees and 400 police officers and is a 25-year veteran with the department. He is also a U.S. Army Veteran and served in the Military Police Corps. for four years. 

He has also held leadership roles with the TN Association of Chiefs of Police, who named him Chief of the Year in 2017, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has an M.S. in Justice Administration and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Lousiville. 

“I am honored and humbled the governor has selected me for this position," Rausch said. "The TBI is an excellent organization with amazing employees dedicated to serving the great state of Tennessee. I look forward to working alongside them to lead the agency into the next chapter and am excited to bring my vision and energy to serve in this capacity."

Rausch will be sworn in as TBI Director on Monday, June 25. 

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