The interim commissioner of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has asked for
an extension of his position to make further progress in cleaning up the
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Gerald Nicely went before the state Senate’s
Transportation Committee, requesting an additional two to three months as
commissioner. Specifically, Nicely is waiting for recommendations on how to
change the patrol to be handed down from a private consulting company, WVFT-TV reported.
“I’ll be candid. It’s going more slowly than I had hoped,” Nicely told
Nicely also announced that THP would resume giving promotions within
two weeks, according to The Associated Press.
All promotions were put on hold after a string of scandals
emerged from Tennessee’s state and local police forces in recent months, most
of which stem from an ongoing investigation by The
The newspaper has uncovered more than a dozen incidents, with
allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to high-level cronyism throughout
the state’s police force and various levels of government.