Mike Fitzhugh is officially the new Rutherford County Sheriff. After being voted in by the Rutherford County Commission last Thursday and sworn in after the meeting, he received his bond at 12:01am Monday morning.
Lifelong Murfreesboro resident Ron Washington has officially announced plans to seek the city’s highest elected office (The Office of Mayor). Washington commented..
Washington has served on the Murfreesboro City Council since 1998 and earlier this year was unanimously voted by his peers to serve as vice mayor. As vice mayor, he leads in the absence of Mayor Tommy Bragg, who is not seeking re-election in the April 15, 2014, city election.
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“This is not only my hometown, but a premier city that I truly love. It is with great humility that I announce that I am a candidate for the Mayor of the City of Murfreesboro,” Washington said.
Washington also serves as a liaison to the Murfreesboro City School Board, Senior Citizens Commission and the Water and Sewer Board. He has been instrumental in the planning of the Maney Avenue corridor enhancement and various other economic growth opportunities such as the development of Medical Center Parkway, The Avenue Murfreesboro, and the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.
“As we continue to grow, we must have a sustainable community, maintain a high quality of life, and provide increased opportunities for our citizens. With my proven experience of building successful partnerships between the public and private sectors, I believe I am the best qualified person who can continue to lead us in the right direction,” he said.
Washington has 15 years of management experience with Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. Thirteen years of company leadership came from his time as the district manager for Rutherford and Cannon counties. During his tenure, he oversaw the office’s day-to-day operations, managed an annual budget in excess of $1 million and supervised 90 employees. He was recently named the MTEMC District Manager for Special Projects.
He is in his third term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Municipal League. The League's primary function is to work with the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of the state’s city governments, promoting legislation helpful to cities, and opposing legislation harmful to cities. He has served the League on the Infrastructure and Services Committee.
On a national level, Washington has served on the Transportation Committee and the Community & Economic Development Committee for the National League of Cities.
He has been the recipient of many community accolades in recognition of his public service, including the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award. Most recently, the Patterson Park Community Center auditorium was named “The Washington Theatre” in his honor.
“I am committed to this community and am blessed to have been called to serve others. I look forward to continuing conversations with residents in the days ahead”, he said.
Washington is a graduate of Leadership Rutherford, Leadership Middle Tennessee, and serves as a trustee at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church. Washington also has a weekly radio show on WGNS called, “The Beat Goes On,” where his goal is to keep citizens informed of issues affecting the school systems, local government and other issues of the day.
A graduate of Oakland High School and Middle Tennessee State University, Washington is married to Dr. Phyllis Hickerson Washington, secondary coordinator for Rutherford County Schools. They have two children, Marques and Karmel. He is the son of Louella Washington and John Washington.
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