Glenn Jacobs’ chief of staff, Parks & Rec director on leave for investigation into misconduct

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two employees in the Office of Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs have been placed on administrative leave while “potential wrongdoings” are investigated.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ Chief of Staff Bryan Hair and Senior Director of Parks and Recreation Paul White were placed administrative leave, effective Tuesday, Oct. 13, after the mayor was made aware of potential wrongdoing.

Knox County Finance Director and Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Caldwell on Wednesday asked for a meeting with the State Comptroller’s Office.

External auditing firm Pugh CPA has been brought in to investigate the claims. The investigation could take several weeks.

“In the interest of transparency, I believe a thorough and speedy investigation is vital. My priority continues to be the business of Knox County.”

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs

A release from the mayor’s office said that no additional comments will be made until the conclusion of the investigation.

Knox County Commissioner Larsen Jay commended Jacobs on working quickly in initiating an independent investigation.

“While specific details are still being uncovered, I trust this investigation will be handled in a timely and transparent manner,” Jay said in a statement. “All County officials found to have acted inappropriately should be held accountable. There’s nothing more important than earning and maintaining the public’s trust.”

Mike Donila in Mayor Jacob’s office says that Knox County’s Director of Human Development Dwight Vandevate and Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Caldwell are handling the administrative duties in his office.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

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