Wednesday, September 3, 2014 · 3:00 a.m.
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Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday his appointment of Tim Gobble, current interim deputy chief of the Hamilton County Jail, as his pick to fill a vacancy on the Tennessee Board of Parole. 

Gobble, who was picked by Sheriff Jim Hammond to work at the jail in May, is a former East Ridge City manager and Bradley County sheriff. 

Gobble has also served as a U.S. Secret Service agent and as the director of emergency management for Cleveland and Bradley County. 

Haslam's appointment comes six months after Gobble resigned from his position in East Ridge amid controversy. 

According to a Chattanooga Times Free Press report, Gobble accepted a severance deal from East Ridge, including $79,000 in base salary payments and full health insurance benefits through September. Gobble, who was hired in 2011, resigned amid complaints regarding his hiring of a 19-year-old friend as a personal assistant; discipline of City Court clerks on a case that involved his daughter; management of East Ridge's social media accounts; and personal use of taxpayer dollars.

Haslam made no mention of previous issues regarding Gobble in his release, instead praising him for his years of work in the public sector. 

"Tim has demonstrated his commitment and responsibility throughout an extensive career in public service, and we are fortunate to have him on the Board of Parole," Haslam said. "I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this important capacity."

The state Board of Parole consists of seven members, all appointed by the governor. The board has the authority to parole eligible offenders who have served a certain percentage of their sentences and revoke parole privileges if offenders do not comply with rules laid out in their releases. 

Terms typically last six years. Because Gobble is filling a vacancy left by the resignation of board member Charles Taylor, he will begin his term on the board later this month and complete the period in December 2015. 

He will be paid $93,732. 

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