Lee picks Sheriff Jeff Long to be commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security


Lee picks Sheriff Jeff Long to be commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security

By  Stephen Elliott

NashvillePost.com

Governor-elect Bill Lee on Monday announced the appointment of four cabinet members, including two holdovers from the outgoing Haslam administration.

Lee tapped Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long to lead the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, where he will succeed Commissioner David Purkey. In addition to serving as sheriff since his 2008 election, Long has been an assistant district attorney, special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigator and other law enforcement roles.

Long, an attorney with experience in several aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice, was elected Sheriff in 2008.

Julie McPeak, commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, and Greg Gonzales, commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions, will continue in their current roles upon Lee’s inauguration next month.

Prior to her appointment by Haslam, McPeak was an attorney at Burr & Forman and executive director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance.

Mark Ezell, a brand development executive with Purity Dairies, will lead the Department of Tourist Development. Ezell was the last family member to lead the dairy and he served on a coalition of business leaders who supported Lee’s campaign.

“I am pleased these four talented individuals have agreed to join my cabinet and lead these important departments,” Lee said in a release. “Their experience and institutional knowledge will be invaluable as we build long-term solutions for our state.”

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