The appointment was announced Wednesday by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Charles Taylor vacated the position in 2012 to work with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
Gobble’s appointment became effective Tuesday, and the term expires Dec. 31, 2015.
Gobble returned to HCSO in May, after leaving his city manager’s job in East Ridge. Gobble served as Bradley County sheriff from 2006-10, prior to running for the 3rd Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.
He was also Cleveland-Bradley County’s Emergency Management Agency director, a former Cleveland city councilman, former Secret Service agent who provided details for three presidents and vice presidents, and a Cleveland Police officer.
“Tim has demonstrated his commitment and responsibility throughout an extensive career in public service, and we are fortunate to have him on the Board of Parole,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this important capacity.”
Gobble said he is anxious to get started.
“I am honored to be appointed to this position by Gov. Haslam,” Gobble said. “I look forward to serving and working with Chairman [Richard] Montgomery, other Parole Board members, Parole Board staff and relevant stakeholders to protect public safety and ensure the voices of crime victims and those who have lost loved ones to crime are never forgotten.”
Haslam named Richard Montgomery chairman of the Board of Parole on July 1.
Gobble received a bachelor’s degree in government and public administration from David Lipscomb College, now Lipscomb University, in 1986. He and his wife, Christie, have been married 25 years and have two daughters and one son.