(WBIR) Former Knoxville mayor Randy Tyree started working at the Knox County Sheriff's Office this week.

Tyree was named an assistant coordinator for the Senior Citizens Awareness Network and Project Live Saver. In his role, Tyree will help recruit and retain volunteers in these two programs in the Special Services Unit.

Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones said Tyree's leadership in the community and his service in many non-profit organizations over the years makes him a perfect fit for the job. Tyree has served on the board of the Senior Citizen Home Assistance Service, Inc., the Clinics of Hope, which provides medical care for the uninsured and working poor, and the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association. He also helped establish the Veterans Cemetery and the East Tennessee Veterans Nursing Home in Knox County.

The SCAN program started in 1966 and provides special training to volunteers who go out in the community to help the elderly. The program provides personal well-being checks, home security surveys, crime prevention information, victim outreach, among other services.