Gov. Bill Haslam's Economic Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty is supposed to be back to work Nov. 7. If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election on Nov. 6 Nashville observers do not expect Hagerty to return—or if he does, it won't be for long.
Hagerty has taken a position with the Romney campaign; he is a longtime friend of the GOP nominee and is expected to have a role in a Romney administration. He has taken a leave of absence from his post in state government.
Hagerty was a Romney delegate to the GOP convention and he worked with Romney at Bain Capital. Hagerty also worked with Romney in the primary and later for nominee John McCain in 2008.