Haslam taps Martin as interim Finance and Administration commissioner

Veteran government, private sector official to replace Emkes

Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Larry Martin will become the interim commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration when Mark Emkes' retirement takes effect Friday, May 31.

The search for a permanent replacement to Emkes is ongoing.

A year ago, Martin began work as a special assistant to the governor, teaming with Human Resources Commissioner Rebecca Hunter to oversee the implementation of Haslam’s civil service reform — the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act — and reviewing state employee compensation.

“I am grateful that Larry has agreed to step into this position and serve Tennessee taxpayers in this capacity,” Haslam said in a release. “He has been critically important in helping us establish the systems and organizational structure to begin recruiting, attracting and retaining the best and brightest to serve in state government, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as interim commissioner of F&A.”

From September 2006 to December 2011, Martin served as deputy to the Knoxville mayor for both Haslam and Mayor Daniel Brown. He was responsible for Finance, Public Works, Community Development, Information Systems, Purchasing and Risk Management for the City of Knoxville.

Prior to his work in Knoxville, Martin was an executive of First Horizon/First Tennessee Bank, joining the company in 1969 and serving in various capacities before retiring as the chief operating officer for First Tennessee Financial Services with responsibility for all Tennessee Regional Bank Markets; Merchant Services Processing; Hickory Venture Capital; and the Commercial, Corporate, and Middle Market divisions of the bank.

A native of Jackson, Tenn., Martin, 65, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee College of Business.

“Under Gov. Haslam, Tennessee has taken incredible steps toward making state government more responsive to its customers, the taxpayers, and I want to thank him for this new opportunity to serve the state,” Martin said.