Amarillo, TX – During the Amarillo City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, Interim City Manager Bob Cowell announced several new leaders and employees who fill the City of Amarillo’s ranks.
With 15 years of experience in the field of emergency management, Chip Orton was named the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Amarillo. He has a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas in Denton and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from West Texas A&M University. Orton holds several certifications including the Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers. He was previously an emergency management duty officer for the City of Fort Worth, Texas and served four years in the United States Coast Guard.
Courtney M. White is the newest assistant city attorney for the City of Amarillo. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University (magna cum laude) and her J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law (cum laude). After graduation, she returned to her hometown of Amarillo. She spent four years working on corporate and real estate transactions at Irwin Merritt Hogue Price & Carthel, P.C. and at Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC. White serves on several nonprofit boards including the Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association, the Amarillo Symphony Guild, and the Art Force.
Raymond Lee III is the City of Amarillo’s new Public Works Director. Lee previously served as an assistant director in the Department of Street Services for the City of Dallas where he has served in several capacitates since 2006. He has experience in street maintenance, fleet management, contract management, inspections, drainage, and many other public works areas. Lee holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and is a member of several professional organizations dedicated to public administration and public works.
“I am excited to have them be a part of the team,” Cowell says. “They will bring valuable expertise and provide excellent service to our public.”