January 8, 2014, Prescott, Arizona – Dr. Billie J. Orr filed a Statement of Organization to throw her hat in the ring for one of three seats in the August 25, 2015 Prescott City Council Primary. Dr. Orr is a strong candidate with experience in education, management and politics, at the local, state and national levels.
Orr came to Arizona from Mississippi in 1968 with her parents, graduated from Arizona State University in 1970. She taught in Phoenix before marrying Bob Orr who was a pilot in the USAF. In 1975, the Orrs returned to Phoenix where he had a career with Merrill Lynch and Billie had a career in education and at Continental Bank as Vice President of Human Resources. She received her Doctorate from ASU in 1994.
Active in public education as a parent, teacher and principal for over twenty-five years in Arizona, Orr became the associate superintendent at the Arizona Department of Education in 1997. She helped implement the most vigorous charter school program in the country and worked with hundreds of teachers and parents to create the Arizona Academic Standards that were ranked among the best in the nation.
Currently retired, Orr is active at Willow Hills Baptist Church, serving as the Director of the Adult Sunday Morning Bible Studies. She is an Ambassador in the Prescott Lakes Community. Her volunteer activities have been involved with brain-injured individuals, therapeutic recreation and Special Olympics. Most recently she has become involved with Free Wheelchair Mission.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Prescott community and serve on a local level. I feel my skill set would be a real advantage to all Prescott residents," said Orr. She feels her greatest assets are bringing individuals together to find solutions to problems, listening and honoring opinions of everyone. Orr feels that while we should celebrate the colorful history of Prescott, we must focus on a bright future that can bring commerce and excellent job opportunities for Prescott residents. She believes in small, efficient government that will create an environment where businesses and Prescott families can prosper.
She resides in Prescott with her husband and is president of the Republican Women of Prescott. They have one son, Porter, a naval aviator who lives with his wife and one-year old daughter at Whidbey Island NAS in Washington state. In her spare time, Orr enjoys playing pickleball, walking their two English Setters, working out, reading and volunteering.
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