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Jim Potts(1943-2011)

Powell County Judge-Executive Jim Potts, who had served in office only five months, died Monday. He was 67.


Potts, a Democrat, was elected judge-executive in November, defeating Republican Randy Bowen and write-in candidate Darren Farmer. He took office in January.


"He wanted to do what was in the best interests of the people of Powell County," said Patricia Burton, the fiscal court secretary. "He joked often he was going to be one-term judge and he was probably going to make some people mad because he was going to do what was right for the community."


Potts was found dead Monday morning by his wife, Judy. Potts had suffered kidney problems for years and had been on home dialysis treatments since last fall, said his niece, Kristi Harrison.


"To me, he was always about what was right," Harrison said. "He loved the people of Powell County. He loved the community. He always wanted what was right."


For years, Potts operated Red River Dairy Freeze in Clay City.


Born May 25, 1943, Potts started teaching at the elementary level in Clay City in 1966. He later became principal at Clay City Elementary School, and in 1980 became principal at Powell County High School.


He was superintendent of the Powell County school district from 1989 until 1996, when he retired.


Survivors include his wife, Judy; two sons, Greg and Doug; and three grandchildren.


Hearne Funeral Home in Stanton is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on May 17, 2011
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