Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche
In August, I will be leaving the office of alderman/vice mayor of Farragut, and it is with a bittersweet feeling that I do so. After volunteering for over 15 years in the Town that I love, I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the Farragut Board Mayor Alderman and all the support I have been given.
I am especially grateful for my faith, family (husband, children and extended), friends and deceased parents who have had a great influence on my life.
I have truly been blessed in my 80 years with three careers besides being a wife, mother and grandmother/great grandmother. My first position was teaching second and third grades at St. Ann Catholic School in Nashville. My second career was working in the medical field as a registered nurse for 35 years and, finally, local politics.
I was elected in 2003 as alderman for the South Ward after having served for two-and-a-half years on the Board of Zoning Appeals. At that time, former Mayor Eddy Ford asked me to become involved on the state and national levels. Mayor Ford and former Vice Mayor Mike Haynes were my mentors, and I have deeply appreciated their advice and encouragement. My involvement has expanded over the last 15 years, and I now serve on the state board of the Tennessee Municipal League and the national board of the National League of Cities being a liaison to small cities. I also currently serve as the president of Women in Municipal Government.
A few of the achievements I am most proud of during my term include the Farragut Memorial Plaza and Admiral [John David Glasgow] Farragut bronze statue beside Town Hall, the purchase of the Campbell Station Inn [Russell House], and the expansion and enhancement of our wonderful park system.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the staff at the town of Farragut under the competent leadership of Town administrator David Smoak and Town assistant administrator Gary Palmer. Our employees are dedicated and loyal — more like a family!
Many have asked me what I will do next. My favorite people are the unborn and the elderly, and I will continue serving on the local and state board of the Tennessee Right to Life and the board of the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service. I also will continue to volunteer weekly at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center and will apply to serve on one of the Town’s volunteer committees.
Finally, a huge thanks to the Farragut community for being my friends and supporters for the past 15 years. I look forward to seeing the town of Farragut continue to grow and thrive in the future under our excellent leadership.
The town of Farragut: Live Closer. Go Further.