Tennessee Capitol

Two top aides to Republican leaders in the state House are moving on to other positions in government.

Holt Whitt was hired as a senior human resources adviser in Gov. Bill Lee’s administration. He was previously interim chief of staff to GOP House Speaker Cameron Sexton but was placed on paid leave early this year after FBI agents questioned him as part of a probe into Tennessee lawmakers.

According to The Tennessean, federal prosecutors consider Whitt a witness to possible crimes rather than a suspect.

Sexton, however, did not exactly send Whitt off with best wishes.

“Mr. Whitt has not received a letter from the agency indicating he has been cleared,” Sexton told The Tennessean. “It is my understanding that his letter indicates a witness designation at this time, and all status designations are fluid and subject to change.”

Also moving on from the legislature is James Dunn, a top aide to House Majority Leader William Lamberth. According to The Tennessee Journal, he is the new executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

He is succeeding Metro Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman.

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