City Government

Mayor and Councilmembers

Paul Harpole, Mayor:

Paul was raised in Denver, Colorado. After high school he entered the Army in 1968, serving two tours in Vietnam as Crew Chief on a Medevac helicopter. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of New Mexico. He began a career in the automobile business in 1976. He moved to Amarillo in 1982 as General Manager of John Chandler Ford, where he later became a partner. Paul opened Paul Harpole Motors, LLC. after the sale of John Chandler Ford.

Paul has been married for 37 years to Jenny and has two grown children. Paul is President of Paul Harpole Motors, LLC.

Paul has been involved in civic activities including the Boy Scouts, United Way and Panhandle Twenty/20. Recently Paul was one of 300 people nationally named to the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership.

Paul has served as an Amarillo City Councilmember from 2005-2007 He served as Vice-Chairman for the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) since its inception. He has represented the TIRZ board at the Downtown Amarillo, Inc. meetings since their beginning.

He is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church where he served as Board President, taught Sunday school, and served as Committee Chairman and Assistant Scoutmaster of St. Thomas Boy Scout Troop 87.

Phone: (806) 378-3010
Term of Office: 2011-2015
Email: [email protected]

Paul Harpole
Elisha Demerson, Councilmember Place 1:

A lifelong resident of Amarillo, Elisha Demerson only left the Panhandle to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When he returned, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Master of Science in Engineering Technology from West Texas A&M University. After earning his master’s degree, he began working for the Department of Energy at the Pantex plant, where he retired in 2014 as acting assistant manager for nuclear safety and engineering for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Elisha served as a Potter County Commissioner for eight years and was elected as Potter County Judge in 1986. He is the first black commissioner and councilmember elected to the Potter County Commission and to Amarillo’s City Council, respectively.

In addition to being a graduate of Leadership Amarillo & Canyon, Elisha has held board member positions with Catholic Family Services, Panhandle Community Services, Downtown YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, North Amarillo Political Action Committee and the North YMCA. He has also served the City as a board member of the Community Development Block Grant Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustments and the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission.

Elisha has served the community as a senior pastor of Emmanual Temple Church for more than 25 years. Elisha was raised in Amarillo with his four siblings. He and his wife Bobbie have three children and six grandchildren.

Term of Office: 2015 – 2017
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (806) 881-5194

Councilmember Place 1
Elisha Demerson

Lisa Blake, Councilmember Place 2:

After an extensive search, application and interview process, Amarillo City Council appointed Lisa Blake to the Place 2 seat on July 12, 2016. Lisa was sworn into office by Municipal Court Judge Sonya Letson at the Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 regular meeting of the Council.

Born and raised in Amarillo, Lisa began her banking career in 1991 focusing on business development, customer service, advertising, sales training, employee motivation and public relations. Now, Lisa is the Executive Director of Leadership Amarillo and Canyon, which educates, develops and refines area leaders on the challenges facing the community, as well as the successes.

Not only is Lisa a graduate of the American Bankers Association’s School of Bank Marketing and Management, Leadership Amarillo and Leadership Texas, she is also fluent in American Sign Language.

In addition to her banking experience, Lisa has been part of the Board of Directors for various civic and community organizations such as Opportunity School, Children’s Learning Center, Presbyterian Home for Children, Martha’s Home, Victory Church and Amarillo Christian Women’s Club. Currently she serves on the Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch School Board.

Lisa has been married for 35 years and has 5 daughters and six grandchildren.
She will serve the remainder of the Place 2 term, which expires in May 2017.

Phone: (806) 683-1316
Term of Office: 2016-2017
Email: [email protected]

Councilmember Place 2
Lisa Blake

Randy Burkett, Councilmember Place 3:

Randy has been in the outdoor advertising business since 1979. He has successfully developed more than 2,000 billboard faces in his career through Burkett Outdoor Advertising, LP. Randy has built and sold numerous billboard plants throughout the United States from 1985 to 2004. After beginning his career in Houston and Albuquerque, he partnered with former Dallas Cowboy, Mike Gaechter and further developed Albuquerque and then Amarillo. After selling his interest to Gaechter in the late 1980s, Randy began developing his own company in several other markets.

Randy has extensive experience in dealing with other City Halls across the United States and now welcomes the opportunity to address matters concerning his home town, Amarillo. While selling off his companies, he gained experience in negotiating with CEOs of publicly traded media companies. He is also an expert consultant to private equity and investment banking firms for Gerson Lehrman Group in New York City with respect to outdoor advertising trends and market conditions.

He also operates Burkett Family Investments, LP which owns commercial and residential real estate in Texas and New Mexico. He is married to his wife of 37 years, Debby. They have two children, a son Beau who, after completing his MBA in Austin, settled there and started Burkett Media, LP and a daughter, Shelby, who has moved back to Amarillo from Austin and is his partner in Burkett Outdoor Advertising.

Randy is an avid movie and TV show memorabilia collector. Among his collection, the box of chocolates from “Forrest Gump,” the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard, the Grand Torino from Starsky and Hutch, the Porsche from Doc Hollywood, Yul Brenner’s chair from The Ten Commandments as well as the Omegas’ fraternity paddle used to swat Kevin Bacon in the cult classic “Animal House.” Randy opened a movie memorabilia museum in 2000, which he later relocated to Branson, Missouri.

Randy coached football and basketball for Kids, Inc. and YMCA baseball. He contributes to Pay It Forward by matching giveaway funds. He also has a special place in his heart for Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare where he offers and pays for adoptions for people who cannot afford the cost. He brings business experience to the City Council and looks forward to making good decisions while spending your tax dollars.

Term of Office: 2015 – 2017
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (806) 358-9226

Councilmember Place 3
Randy Burkett

Mark Nair, Councilmember Place 4:

Mark has lived in Amarillo with his wife Suzanne for 22 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in English at Texas A&M University. He worked at Anderson merchandisers for 21 years as Head of Innovation before becoming Vice President of Innovation for a technology startup company in New York City.

Mark’s professional life has been dedicated to technology and innovation. Among his projects, Mark invented the first artificially intelligent web shopping robot. He has invented and managed an encryption satellite transmission program which distributes Internet content to areas of the world that do not allow free expression or open information. Mark also worked to create a system to increase protection of personal information and private data. He is currently making a system that will track and aid in rescuing antiquities that have been stolen throughout the world.

Mark has served as a board member with the Don Harrington Discovery Center, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, Amarillo Adult Literacy Board, Panhandle Twenty/20 Board, Haven Health Clinic and Amarillo Little Theatre. He teaches as an adjunct instructor of technology at Ascension Academy. In 2005, his family was named one of Amarillo Public Libraries’ Families of the Year.

Prior to being elected to the City Council in 2015, Mark served on the City’s Traffic Commission and also graduated from the inaugural Amarillo 101 Citizens Academy in fall of 2012.

Term of Office: 2015-2017
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (806) 290-1662

Councilmember Place 4
Mark Nair