2010 Tennessee Code
Title 38 - Prevention And Detection Of Crime
Chapter 6 - Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Part 1 - General Provisions
38-6-106 - Requests by governor or supreme court chief justice for investigative records Background checks of appointees.

38-6-106. Requests by governor or supreme court chief justice for investigative records Background checks of appointees.

(a)  Any request for investigative records by the governor or supreme court chief justice shall be in writing and shall state specifically the reasons for such request. All such written requests shall be signed by the governor or chief justice and not the governor's or chief justice's agent or designee.

(b)  The governor or chief justice is authorized to request the director of the Tennessee bureau of investigation to conduct a background investigation concerning any person who has asked or agreed to be considered by the governor or chief justice for appointment to a position of trust and responsibility, including, but not limited to, positions relating to homeland security. The chair of the nominating commission appointed pursuant to § 38-6-101 is authorized to request a background investigation concerning any person who is under consideration by the nominating commission as a potential candidate for recommendation to the governor as a nominee for the position of director of the Tennessee bureau of investigation. The commission may contract with a private entity or the federal government to conduct the investigation. Upon the request of the governor or chief justice, the director shall conduct the investigation, which shall include fingerprint submissions of the potential appointee to both the Tennessee bureau of investigation and federal bureau of investigation, and report the results to the governor or chief justice, either verbally or in writing, as the governor or chief justice may direct. The entity with which the nominating commission contracts shall report the results to the chair of the nominating commission, either verbally or in writing, as the chair of the nominating commission may direct.

(c)  All confidential information reported to the governor or chief justice pursuant to subsection (b) shall remain confidential. Any background investigation requested by a nominating commission appointed pursuant to § 38-6-101, and any background investigation delivered to the governor by the commission, shall be treated as confidential.

(d)  The commission appointed pursuant to § 38-6-101 is authorized to contract with a private entity for other services, including, but not limited to, recruiting and screening applicants. Names of applicants and related records shall remain confidential, except to the extent such records are received by the commission; provided, however, that background investigations, and information that would remain confidential pursuant to § 10-7-504, if such applicants were employees of the state, shall remain confidential, even after receipt by the commission and the governor.

(e)  The authority granted by this section to the chief justice of the supreme court to request the Tennessee bureau of investigation to conduct background investigations is limited to investigations of persons applying or considered for the positions of:

     (1)  Attorney general and reporter;

     (2)  Clerk of the supreme court (appellate court clerk);

     (3)  Administrative director of the courts;

     (4)  Executive director, Tennessee lawyers' assistance program;

     (5)  Chief disciplinary counsel, board of professional responsibility;

     (6)  Executive director, Tennessee commission on continuing legal education and specialization; and

     (7)  Executive director, Tennessee lawyers' fund for client protection.

[Acts 1980, ch. 636, § 14; T.C.A., § 38-506; Acts 1988, ch. 711, § 1; 2004, ch. 528, § 1; 2004, ch. 903, § 1.]  

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