TN-ASPA’s 2012 Administrator of the Year is Timothy R. Discenza

A photo of Timothy DiscenzaMr. Discenza will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Fall Symposium. The Tennessee Administrator of the Year award is presented to a Tennessee administrator who has made a significant impact during the past year. The high performance of this individual is notable in its impact on his/her organization and the landscape of Tennessee administration.

Tim Discenza, a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Memphis Law School, retired as Senior Litigation Counsel with the United States Department of Justice after spending 33 years with the Department as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Tennessee. For many of those years Mr. Discenza was the Attorney Supervisor of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, supervising the investigation and trial of international and local organized crime organizations engaged in the importation and distribution of narcotics. Since 1998, Mr. Discenza specialized in the investigation and trial of public corruption cases involving public officials, lawmakers, and others in official positions, including the series of cases involving members of the Tennessee General Assembly known as Operation Tennessee Waltz. Mr. Discenza has been an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Law School teaching Trial Advocacy.

On July 1st, 2010, Mr. Discenza was appointed Chief Disciplinary Counsel to the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary. He was appointed as Chief Disciplinary Counsel to the newly formed Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct in July 2012. The chief disciplinary counsel is responsible for reviewing and screening complaints against judges, conducting preliminary and full investigations of judges, making recommendations to the Court’s investigative panel and prosecuting formal charges.