New security chief selected for Knox County Schools

New security chief selected for Knox County Schools

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Gus Paidousis (Source: KPD) Gus Paidousis (Source: KPD)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A new leader has been selected to head up security for the Knox County school system.

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre selected Gus Paidousis as the new chief of security.

Paidousis is currently the deputy chief of the Criminal Investigation Division for the Knoxville Police Department (KPD).

He will assume his duties with the school district on May 20.

Paidousis has served with KPD for more than 30 years and helped to develop the school resource officer program with Knox County Schools.

He is also considered an expert on Amber Alert systems and strategies to prevent and address the abduction and exploitation of children.

His appointment comes in the wake of controversy over the previous head of security, Steve Griffin.

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 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.

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