Thomas N. Davidson, J.D. is a practicing attorney and has been the General Counsel (GC) for the Indiana State Teachers' Retirement Fund (TRF) since August of 1999. In 2011, TRF has over 110,000 active and retired members and has $8 billion of assets under management. In 2010 Mr. Davidson became GC for the Public Employees' Retirement as well as the GC for TRF. In 2011 through legislative action, most of the public pension funds in Indiana were put under the management of the newly created Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS). INPRS has over 500,000 participants, 1,400 employers, and over $22 billion under management. As GC for INPRS, Mr. Davidson is the primary legal advisor on the INPRS' administrative, benefit administration and personnel matters within the agency. Mr. Davidson is also a current or former College adjunct faculty member with Indiana Wesleyan University, IUPUI, University of Indianapolis, Marian College. and Concordia University at Indianapolis. He is a certified police Master Instructor. Among other professional associations, he is a member of the National Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) and a member & advisor to the Board of the Indiana Association of Hostage Crisis Negotiators, INC.
Mr. Davidson served over 27 years as a law enforcement practitioner with the Indiana State Police Department. He retired from the Indiana State Police in 1999. For much of his police career, Mr. Davidson was stationed at the Pendleton, Indiana State Police post in charge of investigations and as Assistant District Commander. Mr. Davidson was a security planner for the Tenth Pan American Games held in Indianapolis, a legal and planning advisor to the State Police Executive Staff, and he is an experienced hostage/crisis negotiator. Mr. Davidson participated in an exchange program with the London Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the first Gulf War. He served in a variety of positions with the state police including as the Department's commander of the hostage/crisis negotiator team units and is the author of Hostage Crisis Critical Incident Manual, a guide for police response to critical incidents. Mr. Davidson has training and experience in forensic science, explosive ordnance disposal and criminal investigation.
Mr. Davidson is a graduate of the 148th session of the FBI National Academy. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, he is completing requirements for a Ph.D. in Business Administration (all but dissertation), and he has earned undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Management. Mr. Davidson authored a book on workplace and school violence titled Seven Steps for Organizational & School Violence Management: Assessment to After Care and a book in the popular Complete Idiots' Guide series, [CIG] to Home Security. To Preserve Life: Hostage Crisis Negotiation Manual, a practical guide to hostage crisis negotiations, was released early in 2002. His latest book is a collaborative effort with Suzie Davidson called Keep the Keys: A Practical Handbook for Older Drivers, designed to help older persons drive longer and safer. He was also featured in the book Gangsters, gunfire & political intrigue: The story of the Indiana State Police written by Marilyn Olsen for his work in hostage crisis negotiations.