NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons today announced the appointment of David McGriff as his chief of staff. McGriff, who served as interim Deputy Commissioner in early 2011, will begin his new role effective immediately.
“David brings a wealth of state government and law enforcement experience to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Since 2011, he has been a trusted member of my staff twice on an interim basis, and I am pleased that he has agreed to join the department full-time,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “His leadership skills, hands-on approach and counsel will be invaluable as we continue to ensure the safety and security of Tennessee,” he added.
McGriff also served as a consultant to the department from July 2013 to March 2014. During that time, he evaluated and provided recommendations for processes in the state’s driver services centers.
As chief of staff, McGriff will act as top advisor to Commissioner Gibbons. He will oversee the day-to-day operations in the department and work closely with the assistant commissioners of the Administrative Division, Driver Services Division and Office of Homeland Security, as well as the colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
McGriff comes to the department after having spent six-plus years as the Director of the West Tennessee Drug Task Force (WTDTF), as well as the Chief Criminal Investigator for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director for the West TN Drug Task Force from 2001 to 2007. McGriff also worked as a task force supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and criminal investigator for the District Attorney General for the 30th Judicial District.
McGriff began his law enforcement career as a police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia in 1969. He joined the Memphis Police Department as an officer in 1974.
A 44-year veteran law enforcement official, McGriff is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and member of the FBI National Academy Association and Metropolitan Area Chiefs of Police Association.
McGriff also served in the United States Marine Corps.