NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - We have heard about issues facing the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but what about its path forward with a new director? State capitol newsroom reporter Chris Bundgaard tells us more about the man who will lead the agency.
“What they have to understand about how I interact in their organization is I have no ego folks, absolutely no ego,” said David Rausch.
You rarely hear such words from someone in public life. It’s what new the TBI director says he told his senior staff and numerous others in the 500-plus person agency during a wide-ranging interview this week.
“Every role is important, and my role, my job, is to make sure they have what they need to be successful. ‘Cause if they can come in and they are happy to be here, then they will work harder than I could ever push them to do,” said Rausch.
For the new director, itis very clear what everyday issues are for the agency that often assists local police in every aspect of law enforcement.
“It’s no longer an opioid crisis. It’s now a poly-drug crisis. We are dealing with every drug imaginable. We are dealing with fentanyl and meth imported from Mexico,” said Rausch.
The drug battles are fought on many fronts, from the federal level to mental health groups. Working together is key says the new director.
“We have got to work harder, together to really impact the issue, to get it under control. We are going to do that,” said Rausch.
Rausch, who was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam, will complete the four-year term left by retired TBI Director Mark Gwyn.