Mayor Ralph McGill

Ralph and Marianne McGill moved to Farragut in 1978 and have lived in 2 houses in Farragut, currently in Sugarwood. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and was educated in Charlotte public schools and at North Carolina State University where he received 3 degrees – B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. – in mechanical engineering. His career included 9 years with General Motors and 26 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from which he retired in 2004. He continues to work part-time as a consultant in the field of automotive technologies including engines, fuels and emissions. He is well-known internationally for his work with alternative and advanced motor fuels.

He and Marianne will celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2015. They have 2 children, both graduates of Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee. They are proud grandparents of 4 granddaughters and are members of First Baptist Concord in Farragut.

The McGills have seen much change since 1978 in the Farragut area and in Knoxville and Knox County in general. In 1979, Ralph led a movement to incorporate Farragut as only the second incorporated municipality in Knox County. That effort culminated in a successful referendum to incorporate on Jan. 16, 1980. In April of that year, the first election of Town officers was held, and Marianne was elected as one of the first aldermen. She served 2, 2-year terms during which time all of the basic ordinances of the Town had to be passed. They have seen the Town grow from only about 5,000 people to close to 21,000 today, accompanied by many changes along the way.

Ralph has served on homeowners boards in 2 neighborhoods and served 1 year as president of the Sugarwood Homeowners Association. He served on the Farragut Board of Zoning Appeals for 4 years. Serving as Mayor, this is Ralph's first elected office.