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Ex-TBI director credits McMinnville roots
Mark Gwyn
McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton, left, laughs with former TBI director Mark Gwyn as he shows a photo of them decades ago as young officers with McMinnville Police Department. A retirement ceremony was held for Gwyn on Thursday at First Baptist Church.
His 33-year law enforcement career began as an officer with McMinnville Police Department and ended three months ago with his retirement as director of the TBI.Is a return to law enforcement in the cards somewhere down the road for McMinnville native Mark Gwyn?“The last time I said never, I ended up getting sworn in as TBI director,” said Gwyn during a retirement reception held in his honor Thursday at First Baptist Church.Gwyn says he’s putting away his badge and making the transition to real estate development where he already has several projects under way in the Nashville area. Gwyn isn’t shy about crediting his success to his upbringing here in McMinnville.“This is where it all started and I owe my career to McMinnville,” said Gwyn. “Without McMinnville Police Department, there never would have been a TBI career.