Karla Davis

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Karla Davis
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Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development
Former officeholder
In office
January 14, 2011 - March 18, 2013
PartyNonpartisan
Compensation
Base salary$152,400
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 14, 2011
Appointed byGovernor of Tennessee
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Karla Davis is a former Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. She was first appointed to the position by Governor Bill Haslam on January 14, 2011[1] and resigned on March 18, 2013.[2]

Biography

Prior to her appointment as Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, Davis was Director of Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE.[1] Davis previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 16 years.[1]

Education

  • B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Political career

Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development (2011-2013)

Davis was first appointed to the position by Governor Bill Haslam on January 14, 2011.[1]

Davis abruptly resigned the post on March 18, 2013, citing family reasons. Deputy Commissioner Alisa Malone also resigned the same day. While Gov. Bill Haslam's press secretary suggested that there were no other reasons for the resignations, the department had been a source of controversy under their leadership.[3]

In fall 2012, Don Ingram, a former longtime departmental administrator, filed suit against Davis, alleging she fired or forced out many longtime employees, himself included. Ingram's complaint implied racism, stating that "virtually every one of the employees who were terminated or forced out" was "Caucasian" while "virtually all of their replacements were of African-American descent."[4] Ingram also cited the controversial hiring of Turner Nashe as assistant Administrator of the Division of Employment Security. Ingram said he first raised concerns over Nashe, who was under indictment in Ohio, when Nashe began to work part time for the department. Nashe joined the staff full time around the same time the charges were dismissed in November 2011. Nashe also resigned his position.[5]

Appointments

2011

Davis was first appointed as the Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development by Governor Bill Haslam on January 14, 2011.[1] Haslam said of Davis, "Her focus on helping to revive communities and families shows her commitment to making our state a better place, and I’m honored she is a part of the team.”[6]

Personal

Davis and her husband, Terence, live in Memphis, Tennessee.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Burns Phillips