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Hamilton County Mayor Named Haslam’s Top Administration Officer

Press Release from Gov.-elect Bill Haslam, December 3, 2010:

Ramsey Record of Success Indicative of Personnel Haslam Targeting

CHATTANOOGA – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey as his Deputy to the Governor and Chief of Staff.

A former state representative, Ramsey is in his fifth term as Hamilton County Mayor and played a key role in recent educational and economic successes in Southeast Tennessee. His experiences at the state and local level as well as his commitment to job creation and education improvement are indicative of the personnel Haslam is targeting for his administration.

“Claude Ramsey is exactly the type of person I’m looking for as we build our team,” said Gov.-elect Haslam. “I discussed throughout the campaign the idea of leveraging regional assets for job creation, and Claude brings a unique set of experiences and understanding to job creation in Tennessee.

“He understands how government works; he understands how businesses work; and he understands how to get things done,” Haslam added.

“Claude brings communities together to benefit the region, and he knows the incredible importance of providing a quality workforce, which means offering Tennesseans a great education,” Haslam said. “He’ll serve Tennessee well, and I’m proud to have him on board.”

During his time as County Mayor, Ramsey rallied the community around public schools, attracting more than 9,000 people to participate and build consensus on recommendations and goals. The area’s recent economic successes have made headlines across the state, and during his term, Hamilton County has achieved a Triple A bond rating.

“I’m humbled to have the opportunity to work for my state and with a public servant such as Bill Haslam,” Ramsey said. “We as a state have many opportunities, and with Bill Haslam at the helm, we’ll focus on maximizing our potential in job growth, education reform and conservative budget management.”

Before becoming County Mayor, he served as the Assessor of Property from 1980-1994 and served as a County Commissioner for two years. He was elected to the State Legislature in 1972 and served four years. Ramsey, 67, is married to Jan Fizer Ramsey. Claude and Jan have a son, Rich Balthrop, a daughter, Stacy Schorr, and five grandchildren.

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