Knox County Schools security head to retire in wake of scandal

Knox County Schools security head to retire in wake of scandal

Steve Griffin Steve Griffin

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Schools Chief Security Officer Steve Griffin is stepping down from his position May 1.

Griffin was placed on leave earlier this year and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre ordered an investigation into the security chief after questions arose about his relationship with a the former vendor that provided security systems for the district.

The investigation came after the district took a closer look at its security in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy.

During that security audit, investigators found deficiencies at Hardin Valley Academy and Powell Middle School.

It was later revealed that Griffin had taken personal trips with the president of the security vendor, Professional Security Consultants and Design, or PSCD.

They also found that Griffin had recommended the district use PSCD instead of bidding out security work.

On Friday, Dr. Jim McIntyre said he would begin looking for a replacement for Griffin immediately.

"We look forward to having strong new leadership in place as we implement critical school safety strategies such as the addition of 58 new school security officers," he said in a news release. "Student safety and school security continue to be our highest priorities every single day, and we will continue to do everything in our power to provide a safe and productive learning environment for our children in the Knox County Schools."

Dr. McIntyre said he would still be receiving the results of an investigation into Griffin's relationship with the vendor.

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