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Investigation critical of former Knox County Schools security chief

Lydia X. McCoy • Apr 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

KNOXVILLE — An in-house review of former Knox County Schools security chief Steve Griffin, released Monday evening, revealed Griffin did private consulting work for pay and attempted to get his son-in-law a job with a school contractor.

The allegations came in a report to school officials Monday by Ruth Ellis, who was hired by the school system to look into Griffin’s relations with Mike Walker. Walker is president of Professional Security Consultants and Design, which held a security contract with the schools system from 2006 to 2011.

An independent audit requested by the Public Building Authority in 2011 of the security systems at Powell Middle School and Hardin Valley Academy found a host of problems, including surveillance cameras that were “too dark for viewing” or not working at all, only a third of motion detectors billed actually installed and electronic keypad entry systems that were bolted to brick with no connections to doorways.

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