Governor appoints new Commissioners

From Staff Reports

Gov. Don Sundquist has appointed Lt. Col. Denny King commissioner of the Department of Safety, and Labor Workforce Development Deputy Commissioner Walter Butler commissioner of the Department of Personnel.
   The appointments were made after Mike Greene and Dorthy Shell announced their resignations from the positions.
   "Denny has headed up my security team and has extensive experience in the Department of Safety," Sundquist said. "He is an obvious choice for this post, and I am pleased that he has agreed to serve the citizens of Tennessee in this capacity."
   King, 49, is from LaFollette and has 28 years of experience in the Department of Safety. He served as chief of security for the governor for the past seven years. He also served on Gov. McWherter and Gov. Alexander's security details. King currently serves as president of the National Governors Security Association.
   "I appreciate the confidence Gov. Sundquist has shown in me during his administration. I look forward to this new challenge and continuing the tradition of excellent safety standards in Tennessee," King said.
   Butler, 48, is from Carroll County and currently serves as deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He has also served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Personnel and assistant commissioner for the Tennessee State Park System. Butler served as the Carroll County trustee for 16 years and as county executive for two.
   "I have been privileged to serve in the Sundquist administration for the past five years, and I look forward to this new responsibility," Butler said. "Tennessee's state employees are dedicated, hard-working individuals, and I am excited to be working with them, and citizens across this state, in this position.