Bruce Applegate Named New Director of Administrative Services for City of Oak Ridge


June 13, 2017


The City of Oak Ridge team is happy to announce that one of our own has been selected to fill the Personnel Director vacancy.

Bruce Applegate, former Assistant to the City Manager, has been leading the department since the retirement of long-time Personnel Director Penelope Sissom in the summer of 2016. Mr. Applegate was named interim department director while the City launched its search for a new Personnel Director.

After careful consideration of the future of the position and how it can best serve the needs of all departments, City Manager Mark Watson chose to re-title and re-tool the position as Director of Administrative Services. The new position will continue to oversee all Human Resources processes and personnel, but will also focus on strategic projects that have major impacts on the City.

“Bruce Applegate has shown a high degree of competence in the many assignments I’ve given him since he joined us in 2014,” Mr. Watson said. ”I look forward to his continued work as a key player within the City of Oak Ridge directors’ team. Bruce relates well with our City employees, directors and City Council. I congratulate him on these new permanent responsibilities.”

“It is a real honor to take on this position, and the responsibility to improve our city," Mr. Applegate said. "I look forward to the continued collaboration with directors, staff, city council, and community members to advance the goals of the great city that is Oak Ridge.”

Mr. Applegate was officially named Director of Administrative Services in mid-May and has been active in the role since then. Please join us in welcoming Bruce Applegate into his new position with the City of Oak Ridge.