NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is taking a temporary leave of absence to volunteer for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s “readiness team.”
Claude Ramsey, deputy to Gov. Bill Haslam and a former mayor of Hamilton County, will assume oversight of the department during Hagerty’s leave of absence, the governor said.
Hagerty, a longtime Romney supporter who worked with the candidate at Bain Capital, will take unpaid leave beginning next Monday through Nov. 6.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...