Scottsboro Mayor not seeking 3rd term in office

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Mayor Melton Potter will not seek a third term in office. Melton was first elected as mayor in 2008.

This morning, he released the following statement to WHNT News 19’s Laura Christmas.

After much prayerful thought and consideration with my family I have decided not to seek a third term as Mayor of Scottsboro. I came to this conclusion about 4 weeks ago but now want to make it publicly known. Although there are several reasons the two most important is: it is what God has lead me to do, and it is what’s  best for my family.  Choosing family over a job was an easy decision for me.

There has been much accomplished in the last eight years.  Our infrastructure and quality of life has been much improved. Our finances are very stable and we are able to pay our debt and still provide great service.  We received our first A+ credit rating 6 years ago and we still maintain that same rating today.   I feel like the city services that our dedicated group of employees  deliver everyday is second to none. I thank the employees for the jobs they perform 24/7/365.

In the remaining time there is still work to be completed. The ATRIP road projects along with the  four capital projects just approved top the list.

I appreciate the confidence the citizens of Scottsboro have put in me for the last two terms.  I have given my very best to help Scottsboro grow and prosper and represent you in a positive way.

I have enjoyed trying to solve the problems brought to me by the public. Even though we may not have been able to do exactly what you may have asked I hope you feel like you were at least heard.

I look forward to the next phase of my life as a private citizen and wish the City of Scottsboro the very best.

Thank you Scottsboro for allowing me to serve you for 26 years as a fire fighter and 8 years as mayor.

As I look to what the future may hold there is one thing I know.  God will provide.


According to the Scottsboro City website, Melton had previously served with the Scottsboro Fire Department for 26 years. He was appointed Fire Inspector in March 1992 and Fire Chief in March 2001.

He officially retired from the Fire Department after his election to the Mayor’s office.

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