Bishop named to post in state prison system

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The police chief in Columbia, Tenn., has been appointed to a post in the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Joseph Bishop, a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, will become director of the Office of Investigations and Compliance. He will oversee the department's law enforcement, special operations and compliance units.

He has been police chief in Columbia since 2008. He is former deputy chief with the Metro Nashville Police Department where he spent 27 years on the force. Bishop also is a former military police officer in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Campbell.

He was appointed by Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield, effective Aug. 1, to succeed Jason Woodall who was named deputy commissioner.

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