Gobble, Wright are reappointed to state positions

ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 1/8/16

Gov. Bill Haslam reappointed two Bradley County men to board and commission posts this week, including former Sheriff Tim Gobble.

Gobble, a Cleveland resident, was reappointed to the Board of …

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Gobble, Wright are reappointed to state positions


Gov. Bill Haslam reappointed two Bradley County men to board and commission posts this week, including former Sheriff Tim Gobble.

Gobble, a Cleveland resident, was reappointed to the Board of Parole. Haslam first appointed him to that position in July 2013. Stephen Wright of Wright

Brothers Construction in Charleston was reappointed to the Prevailing Wage Commission by the governor.

Gobble has a long history of law enforcement service in Bradley County, as well as with the federal government.

Gobble started his career as a police officer in Cleveland in 1988. In 1989, he joined the U.S. Secret Service, where he worked as a special agent and supervisor from 1989 to 2004.

From 2004 to 2006, Gobble was director of the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, and left that post after being elected as Bradley County Sheriff in 2006, where he served until 2010. He was appointed deputy chief of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in April 2011, and was appointed East Ridge city manager and served in that position until February 2013. He returned to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office as interim deputy chief in February 2013, and served there until being named to the Board of Parole.

The Board of Parole, by statute, has the authority to parole eligible offenders who have served a certain percentage of their sentences. It also has the authority to revoke parole privileges if offenders do not comply with supervision rules and standards set forth for them upon their release.

Additionally, the board considers requests for executive clemency and makes recommendations on those requests to the governor.

Wright was reappointed as an industry representative to the Prevailing Wage Commission. The commission has the duty of determining the prevailing wage rate for state highway (i.e. highways, roads and bridges) construction projects. Within Tennessee, prevailing wage is used for government work to regulate fair pay at wages equivalent to the general workforce, so as to attract reputable contractors who will deal ethically with their workers and the government.

He has been actively employed by Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc. since 1978, in every position from laborer to corporate officer. He currently serving as president of Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc., president of Wright Brothers Contracting Inc. and an officer or member in other companies related to the family businesses.

Wright is a current member of the board for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, serving as chairman in 2013, and is a member of the Road Contractors Mutual Insurance Company, Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance, and is a former president of the Tennessee Road Builders Association and Tennessee Department of Transportation Southeast Region Work Group Long-Range Transportation Plan.

He has been a member of the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and served as Chamber president in 2012.

The Prevailing Wage Commission is comprised of representatives from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, along with two industry representatives, of which Wright is one. The other industry representative appointed by the governor is R.T. Summers of Summers-Taylor of Elizabethton.


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