The opening of an internal investigation into potential misuse of funds within the Tennessee Department of Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division has led to the resignation of one special agent, TDOS announced Monday.
Commissioner Dave Mitchell announced that he has opened an internal investigation into potential misuse of funds at CID’s East Tennessee Region. As a result, CID Special Agent in Charge Billy Grooms has resigned in lieu of termination, the commissioner said.
The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is conducting the investigation, which began after an internal audit was initiated at the direction of Commissioner Mitchell, and conducted by TDOS’s Internal Audit Division and Staff Inspections Unit.
The audit and staff inspection discovered possible violations of departmental policy and procedures, according to Mitchell.
Grooms, 55, is a 29-year veteran of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and was commissioned with the THP in 1980.
CID investigates, gathers evidence, and assists federal, state, and local law enforcement, when requested per T.C.A. 4-7-401 to include vehicular homicides and assaults, criminal matters, auto theft, identify theft, and insurance fraud.
At the conclusion of the investigation, a report will be turned over to the District Attorney for review.