Rockwood mayor seeks Ruppe promotion

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By Cindy Simpson

Rockwood City Council defeated an effort to name Ruppe municipal administrator in addition to her role as city recorder.

Mayor James Watts said he will be bringing it up again for passage.

“She’s very deserving of the position,” Watts said. “My whole purpose is trying to get everything done before I get out of office in November and have everything ready for the next administration when they come in.”

At Monday’s meeting Rockwood City Council members Peggy Evans and Mike Freeman voted against the motion to make Ruppe municipal administrator. James Nuckols, Jason Jolly and Pete Wright voted in favor. Councilwoman Jane Long was not in attendance.

Former city recorder Jim Hines acted in both roles before his resignation was final in 2012. He and Evans squabbled over city finances, including the failure of city employees to turn in payroll taxes in time and funds to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System.

Council later hired Jack Miller as administrator. He served less than a year before being let go by the city. Miller followed his stint with Rockwood by returning to a former position at Crossville, serving as interim until they hired a new manager in 2013.