The University of Tennessee spent $2,200 to bring two finalists for police chief to the flagship campus for interviews although reference checks had revealed questionable backgrounds.
The Knoxville News Sentinel obtained hundreds of emails, memos, resumes and other documents about the effort to find a new chief.
The university eventually hired Troy Lane from the University of Wyoming, and he started at UT on Monday. The former chief, Gloria Graham, left to become assistant chief at the University of Chicago.
According to the documents, search committee members began making reference checks on four finalists and four alternates in early March.