Richard Montgomery, Chairman
Tennessee Board of Parole
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1300
Nashville, TN 37243-0850
Patsy Lane, Administrative Assistant
Nashville Office: 615-532-8154
Sevierville Office: 865-428-2071
Chairman Richard Montgomery
Richard Montgomery, a native of east Tennessee, was appointed to the Board of Parole in January of 2013. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in July of that year. He is a former state representative from Sevier County, serving in the General Assembly for 14 years (1998 - 2012). He served as Chairman of the House Education Committee from 2011-2012, and worked on other key committees, such as the House Commerce Committee and the Calendar and Rules Committee, during his term in office. He also served on several joint committees, including the Select Committee on Corrections Oversight, Joint Lottery Scholarship Committee, Joint Education Oversight Committee, the Joint Workers Compensation Committee and the Select Committee on Children and Youth.
Montgomery, a graduate of Hiawassee Junior College and the University of Tennessee, is retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was Operations Manager for UT-Battelle for 27 years. He has also served on the Sevier County Board of Education and several other local boards. He was recognized in 2012 with the Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award, presented by the Tennessee Business Roundtable. The Tennessee Hospitality Association named him Legislator of the Year in 2010, and the Tennessee County Officials Association named him Legislator of the Year in 2002.
Patsy Bruce, a native of Nashville, was appointed to the state Parole Board on March 26, 2004. Before that, she operated a number of entertainment and event management and marketing companies, including Patsy Bruce Productions, Inc., a film and television production company, and Events Unlimited, an award-winning event management company. In addition to her business endeavors, Ms. Bruce is heavily involved in neighborhood advocacy work, where she organized the West Nashville Presidents Council, a Nashville consortium of neighborhood presidents. Ms. Bruce was reappointed to the Board for a second term in 2010.
Ronnie Cole was appointed to the state Parole Board on January 22, 2004, and was reappointed to a second term in 2010. He was born in Milan, but has lived in Dyersburg for more than 30 years. He is a retired Vice President of the Ford Construction Company, a Dyersburg paving and bridge building contractor, where he worked for 34 years. He also served in the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 98th through 102nd General Assemblies. Mr. Cole earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Memphis State University. He is a past President of both the Tennessee Road Builders Association and the Contractor's Division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He is also a former member of the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors.
Gary M. Faulcon
Gary M. Faulcon, a native of Tennessee, was appointed to the Board of Parole in October of 2013. He served as a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for 25 years. As a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, he was assigned to numerous divisions. Those assignments included: Background and Recruitment, Criminal Investigations Division, Vice Division, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T). Immediately prior to his appointment, Mr. Faulcon served as Metro’s Bomb Squad Commander. Mr. Faulcon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University.
Tim Gobble was appointed to the Board of Parole by Governor Bill Haslam in July of 2013. He started his career as a police officer in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. In 1989, he joined the United States Secret Service, where he worked as a special agent and supervisor from 1989-2004. His work with that organization took him to cities including Nashville, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga. From 2004-2006, he served as director of the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency. He was elected sheriff of Bradley County in 2006, and served in that post until 2010. He was Deputy Chief of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office from 2010-2011; then served as City Manager of East Ridge from April 2011 until February of 2013. He rejoined the Hamilton County Eheriff's Office as Interim Deputy Chief in February of 2013, and served in that capacity until his appointment to the Board of Parole. Gobble earned a bachelor's degree in Government and Public Administration from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in 1986.
Union City's Joe Hill was appointed to the Parole Board in April of 2008. He is a native of Henry County, Tennessee. Mr. Hill is a 1964 graduate of Henry High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Bethel College in McKenzie in 1968. He served four years as Project Director of the Northwest Tennessee Development District. He was twice elected to the Henry County Commission. In 1973, Mr. Hill joined the staff of the late U.S. Representative Ed Jones as Field Assistant, and later served as District Director until Jones' retirement. In 1989, Mr. Hill joined the staff of newly-elected Congressman John Tanner as District Director, where he served for almost two decades. He is an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Goodwill Shrine Club, the Elks Club, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and the United Methodist Church.
A career educator, Gay Gregson spent more than 22 years in the field of Special Education. She worked with school aged children with moderate to severe cognitive/physical challenges, provided speech therapy and communication to children who are deaf, and traveled across the state as a Career Ladder Evaluator for the state Department of Education. In 2000, she and her father opened the HoneyBaked Ham Company and Café in Jackson, and ran the store for six years. She now owns two Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers.
Gregson’s work as a volunteer has been recognized with numerous awards. She is a past recipient of the Sterling Award, which honors the 20 most influential women in west Tennessee outside of Shelby County. She was also recognized with a Jefferson Award for community service, and she has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Gregson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Therapy at the University of Tennessee Speech and Hearing Center in Memphis. She also earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision from Memphis State.