“I think the commission has done something unprecedented in bringing the governor in as much as possible so she could have input into the process. From all indications, they’ve kept her in the loop the entire time.”
Treat authored the bill that became SQ 765. Treat said he is at ease with the hiring process.
Lake's salary will be $185,000 per year, along with a one-time $5,000 signing bonus per Merit Protection Commission rules, according to information released by the commission Wednesday.
Lake must accept the offer by 5 p.m. Monday. If he accepts, his start date as director will be Nov. 1.
Lake is a retired deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Human Services. He told the commission he wanted to take some time to consider the offer and discuss it with his family before making a final decision.
Lake has experience working at almost every level of the Tennessee DHS from 1973 to 2011. He served as a child welfare caseworker, food stamp office supervisor, county director and regional director in social services.
He served as deputy commissioner of TDHS from 1992 until 1996 and as assistant commissioner from 1996 through 2003, when he was again named as deputy commissioner until his retirement in 2011.