TDCI’s Gary Farley Announces His Retirement

Gary Farley retires from his role at TDCI after notable service.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) has announced the retirement of Gary Farley, the Assistant Commissioner for Fire Prevention. Farley, who has been a stalwart figure in Tennessee’s firefighting and fire prevention community, has decided to retire to spend more time with his family and enjoy his golden years.

Gary Farley has contributed significantly to the TDCI, taking the helm of the Fire Prevention Division in 2018. In his role, he oversaw the division’s various sections, including the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tennessee Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy. His tenure at TDCI began in 2011 as the Director of Electrical, Residential, and Marina Inspections.

Farley’s career in fire service stretches back to 1984 when he started as a firefighter in Murfreesboro. He climbed the ranks in the Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department, eventually becoming its Operations Chief in 1998. His dedication to public service also led him to serve as a Rutherford County Commissioner and on the Rutherford County Planning Commission.

Reflecting on his retirement, Farley expressed his gratitude for the support and camaraderie he found at the Department, the General Assembly, and the Governor’s Office. He looks forward to spending quality time with his wife, Deborah, who also recently retired, and their grandchildren.

TDCI Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Carter Lawrence praised Farley’s dedication and impact, noting that his contributions have left a lasting legacy in Tennessee. Farley’s departure marks the end of a distinguished career in public service, characterized by his commitment to the safety and well-being of Tennessee’s residents.

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