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Fire Prevention Division

Electrical Inspection Section Information


With approximately 100 contracted Deputy Electrical Inspectors (DEIs) spread across the entire state, this section performs residential, commercial, and industrial electrical inspections of new and existing structures.  This section is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the 2008 edition of the National Electric Code and all state laws and rules concerning the conducting, conveying, consumption, or use of electrical energy in, or in connection, with any building, structure, or premises located in this state.   Contracted private persons, companies, and governmental entities issue electrical permits at locations throughout most of the state. 


The Section is staffed by five (5) full-time employees: the Director, Mr. Gary Farley, his assistant, and three field supervisors, one for each of the three grand divisions of the state. 


Mr. Farley and his assistant Ms. Tawana Irvin operate the main office located at:


State of Tennessee - Department of Commerce and Insurance
Division of Fire Prevention - Electrical Section
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0577
Phone: (615) 741-7170

Fax: (615) 253-4895  


Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


The field supervisors are responsible for supervising the work of the contracted DEIs in their respective areas of the state. The state is divided into 3 regions with a supervisor in each region.


  • East Tennessee - William Manis (865) 805-7022
  • MIddle Tennessee - Dwyot Thornton (615) 347-8173
  • West Tennessee - Bobby Dunlap (731) 513-3040


For questions regarding the Limited Licensed Electrician license, please contact the Contractor’s Board at (615) 741-8307.


The Solicitation for Deputy Electrical Inspector details the responsibilities of and minimum qualifications required.  Solicitation 33501-152501 has been posted and is available to review/download.


Please note that, in order for an Offer to be considered, all documents required to be submitted with the Offer (resume/letter of interest, proof of minimum qualifications), Statement of Certifications and Assurances, and proof of Professional Corporation (pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 48-101-601) must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. August 6, 2014, to:


Dan Birdwell, Assistant General Counsel                 

Department of Commerce and Insurance

500 James Robertson Pkwy

Nashville, TN 37243

Phone (615) 532-3589


You may contact Kelly Johns [  - (615) 741-8556] should you have any questions or need additional information.


The State of Tennessee is committed to the principal of equal opportunity, equal access and affirmative action.  Discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability or any other non-merit factor is prohibited.


Thank you for your interest.





Useful Resources



Rules of the Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Fire Prevention, Chapter 0780-2-1, Electrical Installations: Click here



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