George Betts is no stranger to local government. For the last seven years he has been a councilor and deputy supervisor for the town of Elbridge, and for seven years before that he was a village of Jordan trustee.
Betts graduated from Jordan-Elbridge in 1980 and went on to attend Moody Bible Institute, where he earned a degree in pastoral/ Christian education. He lives in Elbridge with his wife of 26 years, Melanie, who is employed at New England Motor Freight. Their daughter, Sarah Pashchuk, 24, is a registered nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital with her husband, Yuri.
Betts is the buyer/ manager at M. Lemp Jewelers in downtown Syracuse, where he has worked for more than 22 years.
Betts was elected to the position of Elbridge Town Justice on Nov. 2. He will join Judge Gale Mitchell, an Elbridge Town Justice of three years, in January, and take the seat left vacant by Patricia DeRue, who is about to complete her 12th year in the position.
Eagle Observer: What led you to run for town justice?
George Betts: I have enjoyed working in public office the last 14 years; the position of town justice is a new area for me to serve. The opportunity for such a seat does not become available all that frequently, so when the door opened up I was eager for a new challenge.
EO: What attracted you to the position?
GB: I have always had a great deal of respect for the law and process; this is a tremendous opportunity to uphold the law at the local level.
EO: What do you bring to the table?
GB: As a longtime member of our community, who is civically involved, I have knowledge of our community and our residents. While holding public office I have been known for being upfront and handling my job with respect and diligence. I work hard at being a discerning listener.