The Elizabeth Board of Trustees has approved a contract with Billy Joe Potts, aka BJ, to be the new town administrator. Potts began working for the town Oct. 26, and his employment is subject to a …
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The Elizabeth Board of Trustees has approved a contract with Billy Joe Potts, aka BJ, to be the new town administrator. Potts began working for the town Oct. 26, and his employment is subject to a six-month trial period. The town began recruiting for the position in July, and after being offered employment, Potts relocated from Dimmitt, Texas, where he served as city manager.
“The town is pleased to have offered the Town Administrator position to BJ Potts,” read a statement issued by town officials. “Mr. Potts is an experienced Town Administrator with decades of experience in public administration, and he possesses a real passion for community and building relationships. The Board is excited to team with Mr. Potts to accomplish policies and community outreach that will both improve the internal operations of our organization and benefit the quality of life for our residents.”
Potts was raised on a working ranch, and has always loved the rural lifestyle. He's purchased a home in Elizabeth, and said he looks forward to being a citizen in the community he will be serving.
“I told the trustees that when I got here I wanted to live in town,” said Potts. “I didn't want to drive in from another place. I wanted to live in town. I wanted to be where I'm dealing with the real people, those who make Elizabeth what it is.”
Potts began his career in public administration 21 years ago, after finding himself at a crossroads in life.
“About 21 years ago I found myself somewhat at a crossroads,” said Potts. “There was a small town in East Texas, it was purely agriculture and they needed a city manager. I didn't know what that was, but I applied and lo and behold they hired me. I think partly because I knew how to turn on the computer and I could do a spreadsheet.”
Six months into the job, Potts said he had found his calling. At the age of 40 he went back to school and earned a bachelor's degree in business, and started working on his master's degree. He went on to serve as town manager or administrator for several more municipalities before accepting the position in Elizabeth.
“Twenty-one years has went very quickly,” said Potts. “I enjoy people and doing what I can to help them. There are so many changes going on in Elizabeth, and a lot of the stuff you see affects so many people so you have to find a balance. That's why it's so important to know the people.”
Potts said his goal is to increase communication between town residents and himself, and hopes to help shape the future of Elizabeth in a manner that is good for all residents.
“You learn from people what they expect from you,” said Potts. “I have to ask: `What can I do within reason that's beneficial for everybody else as well?' The people that I have met so far are down-to-earth people, and the town hired me to help make Elizabeth the best Elizabeth it can be.”
Potts welcomes any comments, questions or concerns from local residents, and also encourages people to reach out to get to know him better. He can be reached at email@example.com or 303-250-5676.
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