Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr
First elected to Prescott City Council in 2015, Dr. Billie Orr is in her second term on Council and was chosen to be Mayor Pro Tem by the Mayor and Council Members in 2017. She was active in public education for twenty-five years; serving as a teacher in Phoenix, principal in Scottsdale, and ultimately becoming Arizona’s Associate Superintendent of Public Instruction, overseeing all Arizona K-12 public schools. In addition to local and state education leadership positions, Billie led a national non-profit in Washington D.C. during President George W. Bush’s first term. The organization focused on providing high academic standards for all children and the opportunity for parents to choose schools that worked best for their child and family. Today she continues to seek ways to improve the lives of children, families and the Prescott community. Literacy has always been one of Billie’s priorities. She worked to reopen Sunday hours at the Prescott Public Library and supported the involvement of her Rotary Club, Frontier Rotary, in establishing an Imagination Library, which to date has mailed over 800 books to children under the age of five in Prescott. Billie also serves on the Steering Committee for Read On Prescott which promotes literacy in our community. Dr. Orr is also on the Board of Arizona Town Hall which studies and influences critical issues across our state such as Funding PreK-12 Education in 2017, Strong Families Thriving Children in 2019 and Creating Vibrant Communities in 2020.
Billie enjoys history and art, especially western history and western art. She was active in the creation of the Prescott Heritage History Hunt Adventure for children and families at the Courthouse Plaza and also the Western Heritage Center, where she serves on their Board of Directors. She is a Board Member of the Phippen Art Museum, the Republican Women of Prescott, and is active in her church, Willow Hills Baptist Church. Working with City staff, she helped establish Prescott’s Citizens Academy, an eight week course for citizens to learn more about the City of Prescott and how they can get involved. It has been a great success story for the City. Billie’s newest adventure is the Mayor’s Commission on Well-Being, and she is working with nine dynamic commissioners to engage all citizens who live, learn, work and play in Prescott in the lifelong pursuit of well-being. In addition to her many duties as Mayor Pro Tem, Councilwoman and community leader, Billie loves to walk her English Setter (Dakota), workout daily, and play pickleball. She and two other “pickle people” raised private money and public support to create the Prescott Pickleball Complex in Pioneer Park which now features twelve courts, of which four are lit for nighttime play. The courts are packed day and night with players of all ages. Billie’s Master’s Degree centered on Literacy and her Doctoral focus was Leadership, both near and dear to her heart. She is a servant leader, eager to mentor and help every person reach their full potential. Billie and her husband Bob Orr have been married for 48 years and have a wonderful son, a beautiful daughter-in-law and three adorable granddaughters, ages 2, 5 & 7 who live in Bellingham, WA. Dr. Orr feels blessed to live, learn, work and play in the best place in the USA!