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Russell to begin as administrator for LaFollette June 3

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By PETER SAWYER

Billie Russell will begin work as LaFollette City Administrator June 3 after being chosen for the position at last week’s city council meeting.
But starting one job means leaving another. Russell has worked as industrial, economic and community development officer in the Campbell County Mayor’s Office since 2009.
“Billie has been a real asset to the county mayor’s office,” County Mayor William Baird said. “I wish her the best. I think she’ll do a great job for the city of LaFollette. She has the experience and the tenacity to move (the city of LaFollette) forward.”
Russell will work with LaFollette’s elected officials to execute decisions made by the council.
“Anything I do, I work for the mayor and the council to carry out their wishes—that’s my job,” Russell said.
Russell has already visited the city’s department heads.
“To learn the functions of the city,” Russell said. “To get to know the employees. To learn their input about how we could improve the city of LaFollette.”
Russell believes the city of LaFollette has a lot to offer.
“We got a lot of potential, a lot of talent,” she said. “We got what we need, just got to put it together.”
She is excited about the opportunities her position offers.
“I want to work with the city to expand upon what has been done already,” Russell said.
Russell’s move to LaFollette leaves an empty position in the county mayor’s office that Baird hopes to fill quickly.
“We have to keep on track with our Economic Development and our strategic planning for the county,” Baird said. “I do have someone in mind (for the position).”