Larry Martin has been named commissioner of the state Department
Finance and Administration permanently, extending a role that he has
held on an interim basis since June 1.
Martin replaces Mark Emkes,
who announced his retirement in the spring. Martin is a former banking
executive and deputy to Gov. Bill Haslam when he was mayor of Knoxville.
want to thank Larry for continuing to serve Tennesseans as the F&A
commissioner," Haslam said in a press release Tuesday. "Putting together
the budget is one of the most important things we do, and Larry's
skills and experience with complex systems and organizations are
Martin, 65, first joined the administration last year
as a special assistant to the governor. His responsibilities have
included overseeing the implementation of the governor's civil service
bill, the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management Act, and
the administration's review of government salaries, the administration
Haslam also asked Martin to examine DCS in January amid
complaints the department had withheld details on children's deaths,
failed to notify lawmakers about deaths in their districts as required
by law and allowed calls to a child abuse hotline to go unanswered.
DCS Commissioner Kathryn O'Day later resigned, leading to the appointment of Jim Henry as commissioner of that department.