Knox County Schools security chief resigns

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn.(WVLT)--Steve Griffin has stepped down as Knox County Schools Chief Security Officer, effective May, 1st according to superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

McIntyre plans to waste no time looking for another security chief. "I will begin a search to fill the important position of Chief Security Officer immediately. We look forward to having strong new leadership in place as we implement critical school safety strategies such as the addition of 58 new school security officers.

Dr. McIntyre also says he expects to receive a report from attorney Ruth Ellis on the findings of her investigation into Griffin’s relationship with the vendor PSCD.

This all stems from a 2011 audit conducted by an independent firm that revealed major problems with security systems at Hardin Valley Academy and Powell Middle School that had been there since 2008.

McIntyre says "Student safety and school security continue to be our highest priorities every single day, and we will continue to do everything in our power to provide a safe and productive learning environment for our children in the Knox County Schools."

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