Promotions to resume within Tennessee Highway Patrol

| 2/16/2006

The interim commissioner of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has asked for an extension of his position to make further progress in cleaning up the scandal-plagued organization.

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 the committee.

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 Tennessean.

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.