Melton Potter

Melton Potter

Melton Potter
Mayor

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Melton Potter
Mayor

Address:
316 South Broad St.
Scottsboro
Alabama
35768
United States

Telephone: 256.912.0501
Fax: 256.574.4966

Information: Melton Potter serves the City of Scottsboro, Alabama, as Mayor. First elected in August of 2008, and re-elected to a second term in August, 2012. He previously served with the Scottsboro Fire Department for 26 years. Melton was appointed Fire Inspector in March 1992 and Fire Chief in March 2001. He officially retired from the Fire Department after his election to the Mayor’s office.

During his tenure as Mayor many accomplishments have been made. The City of Scottsboro proudly opened the Splash Park located at the Rec-Com in May, 2011, Zoning and Subdivision ordinances adopted in the 1980’s have been updated, construction will soon begin to build a service road on Hwy 72 to assist in the development and entice new industry and businesses to Scottsboro, and the city just completed construction of 4 new full-sized soccer fields and 6 new tennis courts. In July 2011 completion of the Methane gas collection system at the City’s landfill was accomplished. The methane gas collected is used to power generators that produce electricity which is then sold to TVA. The City of Scottsboro receives $300,000.00 annually for this electricity. The electricity produced is enough to power 370 homes annually.

Mayor Potter has been instrumental in bringing new and innovative changes to Scottsboro during his terms. One of which was to hire Scottsboro’s first City Engineer for planning and community development.

He has also assisted other leaders in Jackson County in the increase of economic development with expansions of current businesses and recruiting and welcoming new industry. PHP, Sanoh, HTPG, and Johns Manville are some of the industries in Scottsboro which have added over 200 employees to their workforce over the last three years. In July 2009 the unemployment rate in Jackson County was 12.1 %, currently this rate has decreased to 6.5%. The unemployment rate will continue to decrease with the completion of Unit One at Bellefonte Nuclear Plant. Mayor Potter was one of many delegates who represented Jackson County at the TVA Board Meeting in August, 2011 to support the completion of Unit One, which the Board approved 9-0.

During the most recent recession in America, Scottsboro saw a 6% reduction in sales tax. Mayor Potter is proud that the City has been able to withstand the recession without any reductions in staff or cutbacks in city services. This was accomplished by department’s heads and employees working hard to stay within their budgets and cutting back spending. Scottsboro has seen it sales tax receipts increase in each of the last three years.

Mayor Potter has a strong and pleasant working relationship with the members of the City Council. Together they are able to provide the citizens of Scottsboro with leadership and direction that will take this City into the future and provide future generations with prosperity and success.

He graduated from Scottsboro High School in 1977 and attended Northeast Alabama Community College as well as Shelton State Community College where he received numerous certifications and continuing education classes, and is a recent graduate of the Auburn University Intensive Economic Development course, and Leadership Alabama XXI.
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Melton currently serves as a Board Member of the Tri State Regional Workforce Alliance, a Board Member of TARCOG (Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments) he is a member of the Executive Board of the Alabama League of Municipalities in Montgomery, Alabama, an Advanced Certified Municipal Official by the Alabama League of Municipalities and is a former member of the Alabama Department of Homeland Security Task Force. He also is a member of the Scottsboro Rotary Club.

Melton is married to Kathy Johnston Potter, a registered nurse and Healthcare Science teacher at Scottsboro High School. They have one daughter, Breanna, currently attending Auburn University where she is a student in her third year at The Harrison School of Pharmacy. He and his family are active members of Center Point Baptist Church.

For the past fifteen years Melton has volunteered as clock operator and chain gang member for Scottsboro High School varsity basketball and football. He is a fan of college sports and may be a bigger basketball fan than football fan. For thirty years, he has “relaxed” by running to relieve stress and stay healthy, he is most proud of completing three marathons, even though that was a long, long time ago.

 













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