Gwyn stepping down after 14 years as TBI director

Director Mark Gwyn announced on Thursday that he will step down from his leadership of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on June 1. Gwyn had served as head of the TBI for 14 years.
Here is the memo he sent to TBI staff outlining his decision:


TO:                         All TBI Employees

FROM:                  Mark Gwyn, Director  

DATE:                    February 8, 2018

SUBJECT:             Retirement Announcement

I’ve been in law enforcement for over 30 years and have lovingly served as your Director for 14 years, however, the time has come for me to retire. I have prayed and thought about this decision for some time now and I believe this is the right time for me and for the Bureau.

During my tenure, I believe I have done all that I can do to improve our resources, training and equipment for the Bureau family and along with your hard work, TBI has become the best state law enforcement agency in this state and this country.  We have come a very long way and I am honored to have served in this capacity for so long. I hope I have left in part, a legacy that reflects the integrity, leadership and compassion that touches every facet of this agency. It was my goal to leave the Bureau better than it was when it was given to me.

I will remain as TBI Director until June 1, 2018. During that time, the selection process will begin for my successor. Please continue your dedication and remain diligent to succeed in our mission of “That Guilt Shall Not Escape, Nor Innocence Suffer.”

3 Responses to Gwyn stepping down after 14 years as TBI director

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    Penny Tucker says:

    Good riddance.

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    Dan Gilley says:

    Allowing Mr. Gwyn to stay in office until June is too long to give a TBI director who has given every appearance of stonewalling a criminal investigation of his good friend Sheriff Eric Watson of Bradley County. Why, Director Gwyn, has it taken nearly two years for your agency to conduct a routine criminal investigation of alleged misconduct on the part of an elected official without some conclusion? Why has Sheriff Watson not publically demanded an end to this embarrassment? Could it be that as long as the investigation remains active, the public cannot gain access o the TBI file? The people of Bradley County and all of Tennessee deserve an answer. Otherwise, the only conclusion we can draw from Mr. Gwyn’s inaction regarding this investigation is, among other things, he may also be flirting with obstruction of justice and official misconduct. I sincerely hope this is not the case. Mr. Gwyn, give the citizens of Bradley County what they deserve….THE TRUTH.

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    JudyR says:

    I think he has done a great job and I will be sad to see him go.

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