On Wednesday (2/14/18), the director of the TN Bureau of Investigation will officially discuss his plans to retire during a media conference. The retirement for Mark Gwyn is expected before the 2019 year.
Gwyn, 53, has led Tennessee's lead investigative law enforcement agency for 14 years. Under his leadership, the TBI has expanded its resources and embraced technology to enhance the agency's investigating strengths.
The MTSU graduate oversaw the creation of a Technical Services Unit that is responsible for high-tech surveillance methods, computer forensics, and investigating internet crimes against children; helped establish the nationally recognized Tennessee Fusion Center which services as a central hub of information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and spearheaded the state's efforts to combat human trafficking, including the creation of a special unit to investigate cases and train law enforcement officers across the state.
Governor Haslam stated in 2016, "Mark has dedicated his career to making Tennessee safer and his ambitious efforts have helped the TBI become a proactive law enforcement agency. As part of the Public Safety Subcabinet, Mark has helped lead the fight against some of the most serious crimes in our state, including human trafficking, meth production and gang violence and will continue those efforts to further protect our communities."
Prior to his initial appointment as TBI director in 2004, Gwyn led the agency's Forensic Services Division and served as its Executive Officer. He joined the TBI as an agent in 1988. Gwyn previously served as a patrol officer for the McMinnville Police Department.
A native of McMinnville, Gwyn earned a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and in 2010 received the Distinguished Alumni Award for professional achievement from MTSU.