Betsy Willoughby has announced she will seek the Republican Party's nomination in the August Primary Election for one of two open seats on the Johnson County Commission.
In a release Friday, she said, “I’ve been here six years, and I have seen the good things and the bad things in the community. I believe there has been fiscal irresponsibility at the county level. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners is elected by the people, they are paid by the people, and they are employees of the people of Johnson County and need to act as such.”
Willoughby is a Wyoming native who returned to Buffalo in 2008 to be closer to family.
She said a community leader should do what is best for the county as a whole, show no favoritism to particular interests, work toward compromise, conduct themselves and meetings in a professional manner, and believes she can bring these traits to the position.
“I’ve sat in on some commissioner meetings with some very unprofessional behavior,” Willoughby said. “The county…is the size of a small corporation; it needs to be treated as a business. That means listening carefully to people, responding politely, and working for the good of our elderly, our young and everyone in-between.”
She has been the legal assistant to the county attorney since 2011, and has worked for several years with a local law firm. She has worked for an international security company in the US and in Europe, and she managed five departments with a $12 million annual budget.
She’s taken courses in human resource management/employment law, business law, U.S. and foreign patent law, as well as paralegal courses.
She said she has experience in helping businesses become more efficient, and she can bring those skills to county operations.
“I have been given great opportunities and have worked in wonderful places in the U.S., and Europe,” Willoughby said. “It has given me a broad base of talents and skills that I can offer to the citizens of Johnson County.”
She feels it is important for public officials to remember why they are in office and who they represent.
“Commissioners and county employees need to remember they have the privilege of working for the people of the county. I have skills, knowledge and experience that can move the board and the county forward. I have retained my Wyoming upbringing, with its morals and ethics. Therefore, I will do what is right and that which will benefit the most people in the county, not special interest groups, nor individuals. I have no agenda coming in, and I will work responsibly and thoughtfully for the people of Johnson County.”