Tenn. Chief Retires Amid Database Scandal

GALLATIN, Tenn. --

The chief of the Gallatin Police Department has decided to retire after he was accused of improperly using a criminal database.

John Tisdale had been on administrative leave for two months while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into whether he looked up background information on people who weren't involved in police cases.

The TBI presented its findings to the district attorney, who chose not to prosecute. Tisdale's last day is expected to be Feb.1.

Tisdale sent the city's attorney, Joe Thompson, the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

The following release:

"After thirty plus years of public service I have decided to retire. The effective date will be worked out as the parameters of my benefits are determined. The target date is February 1st. I would like to thank the men and women of the Gallatin Police Department for their support ad friendship. I would also like to thank the City Council, Mayor, and the citizens of Gallatin for their support."

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