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Labor department commissioner, deputy resign

Staff Report • Mar 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

NASHVILLE (AP) — The commissioner and deputy commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Labor and Workforce Development have resigned.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced the resignation of commissioner Karla Davis for family reasons in a news release on Monday. Haslam's spokesman David Smith said the deputy commissioner, Alisa Malone, also resigned, although he did not provide a reason.

Haslam named Burns Phillips as acting commissioner. Phillips serves as a managing director in the Department of Finance and Administration.

Haslam said Davis has served as commissioner since the beginning of the Haslam administration. Prior to that she served as director of Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE, overseeing programs for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Haslam said he was grateful to Davis for her service.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.