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Haslam's Chief Deputy Claude Ramsey To Retire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam said chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.

The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.

The 70-year-old had initially signed on to serve as deputy to the governor for two years when he joined the administration in 2011, but stayed on past his initial commitment.

"Claude's experience at the state and local levels of government and his common sense approach have been invaluable assets to our administration, and I am incredibly grateful to him and his wife, Jan, for their time in Nashville and commitment to the state of Tennessee," Haslam said in a statement.

"It's been a true pleasure to work with the governor on the important issues of job growth, education reform and making Tennessee the best-run state in the country," Ramsey added. "The governor is a man of integrity with a clear vision for the state, and I will do anything I can to help him in the future as he continues to serve."

Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years. He was the assessor of property in Hamilton County from 1980-1994 and was a county commissioner for two years. He served 16 years as Hamilton County mayor.

His last day on the job is August 31.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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