Hamilton County unveils plaques posthumously honoring Dalton Roberts, Claude Ramsey

Staff Photo by David Floyd / Former Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks during an event honoring the first Hamilton County Executive, Dalton Roberts, and former County Mayor Claude Ramsey.
Staff Photo by David Floyd / Former Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks during an event honoring the first Hamilton County Executive, Dalton Roberts, and former County Mayor Claude Ramsey.


On Wednesday, Hamilton County and Chattanooga leaders paid tribute to the first Hamilton County executive, Dalton Roberts, and former County Mayor Claude Ramsey by unveiling two plaques commemorating their achievements in public service.

Born in 1933, Roberts was raised in the rural Highway 58 area of Hamilton County and attended Tyner High School, Kirkman Technical School, Trevecca College and the University of Tennessee, where he earned a master's degree in special education, according to a news release from the county.

(READ MORE: Hamilton County's first county executive Dalton Roberts dies)

The Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1978 established a new executive-commission form of government, and Roberts, then the county manager, defeated Republican Tom Moore that year to serve as the first county executive.

Roberts played a key role in the development of four industrial parks, which included taking early steps toward acquiring the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant that's now the Volkswagen assembly plant site. Roberts was reelected three times as county executive before retiring in 1994. Roberts died in December 2015.

 

(READ MORE: Longtime public servant Claude Ramsey dies)

Ramsey was elected to the Hamilton County Council, now known as the Hamilton County Commission, in 1978. He was elected as assessor of property in 1980, serving for 14 years before being elected as mayor in 1994. He was elected five times as county mayor. In 2010, Ramsey was appointed by former Gov. Bill Haslam to serve as deputy to the governor. He played a key role in attracting Volkswagen to Chattanooga. Ramsey died in June 2018.

In the coming weeks, officials will place one plaque on the Tennessee Riverwalk and the other on a road near Enterprise South Industrial Park.

 Compiled by David Floyd

  

 
 


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