Tom Eck was named Assistant Commissioner for Administrative Services on May 6, 2011. Tom previously served as TDEC’s Fiscal Services Director, and his veteran leadership for the department earned him high regard throughout TDEC and across state government for his knowledge, skill and temperament. Tom is responsible for the department’s administrative functions in the following areas:
Fiscal Services Division
Financial Assurance Division
Human Resources Division
Information Systems Division
Internal Audit Division
Tom has more than 36 year experience in Tennessee State government finance and budgeting. For the past 20 years he has worked in the Department of Environment and Conservation as the finance and budget officer where he is responsible for all accounting and reporting, accounts payable, payroll, administration of all federal grant funds, all budget activities, as well as the billing and collecting of more than $60 million in various fees, purchasing for the department and contract development and review. He handles departmental budget revisions and expansion requests and represents the department before Legislative finance committees. Tom is a 1996 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute.
Over the years, Tom has developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of TDEC and the complex and varied funding issues. He has an excellent knowledge of state government finances and budgetary processes and uses that knowledge to help TDEC operate as efficiently as possible. His experience and knowledge have helped him to be an effective and recognized leader in the area of State financial management.
Tom began his career as an auditor with the Department of Human Services where he audited non-profit corporations that contracted with the State. Soon after, he was selected to work on the first joint state and federal audit of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. He is a member of the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.
Tom earned his degree in Business Administration, with a major in accounting, from Tennessee Technological University. He is married to Carol Eck, and they have one son and one daughter.