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Executive Committee



Jim Willox

President

Converse County

Jim Willox was 1st elected a Converse County Commissioner in November of 2006 and has been active in the WCCA ever since. Before being elected President Jim served as Chairman of the WCCA Transportation Committee, WCCA Treasurer and Vice President. He is a 4th generation Converse County resident, having grown up on the family ranch south of Douglas. In 2001 the family sold the ranch and they “moved to town”. Jim and his wife Tione own and operate Willox Properties LLC/T&J Maxi Storage along with several rental properties in Douglas and Casper.

Jim graduated from the University of Wyoming in December 1989 with a degree in Agriculture Business. He has previously served as an officer of the Converse County Stockgrowers, Douglas Moose Lodge and the Douglas Board of Realtors. Jim is currently Chairman of the Wyoming Lottery Board. He was an active member of the Wyoming Republican Party serving in several positions, culminating as State Chairman from 2003 to 2005.

Jim has been a Wyoming High School Basketball official for over for 20 years. He was also a USA wrestling official for 10 years.

Jim and Tione have 2 sons, Bo who lives and works in Douglas, and James who studying to be a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Wyoming.



Bill Novotny

Vice President

Johnson County

Bill is a fourth generation Johnson County native. He was elected to the County Commission in 2014, reelected in 2018 and has served as the Chairman from 2016 to present. 

Novotny holds a BA in International Relations with methods in Agri-Business Management from Michigan State University and completed an externship with APPICO HITECH in Bangkok, Thailand. He also holds a MA in National Security Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and studied Civil Military Relations at the National Defense University.   

Novotny interned for the late U.S. Craig Thomas and worked as a Research Assistant for U.S. Senator Mike Enzi from 2003-2007.

In 2017, he was a American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegate to China and in 2018 completed a Leadership Cohort with the American Enterprise Institute.   

When not advocating for counties, he operates the 1892 Group, LLC., a boutique public affairs and political consultant firm. His clients have included Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16), Governors Matt Mead and Mark Gordon, New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez, Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn, and Superintendent Jillian Balow. A lover of the outdoors, he spends free time chasing his German Shorthair and raising Shorthorn and Hereford cattle.  

Active within the WCCA, Novotny previously chaired the Revenue Committee and received the 2018 Riding for the Brand Award.  



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Natalia Macker

Treasurer

Teton County

Natalia D. Macker is Chairwoman of the Teton County Board of Commissioners, where she has served since 2015. She serves on the Wyoming County Commissioners Association’s (WCCA) Executive Committee as Treasurer and is the past chair of the Health, Safety & Social Services Committee. Macker’s work includes health-in-all policies, affordable housing, human services, early childhood education, and water quality protections. Macker is focused on securing the economic future of women and advancing equity in the Equality State. This includes championing gender wage gap efforts at the state and local level, pregnant workers fairness legislation, early childhood education and care, and the implementation of suicide and substance abuse prevention infrastructure. She passionately pursues collaborations to advance women’s representation in government and leadership, including as the cofounder of the Wyoming Women’s Action Network and Cowgirl Run Fund. Macker is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Wyoming Council for Women and the DEQ’s Land Quality Advisory Board.

Commissioner Macker was recognized by her WCCA’s colleagues with the 2019 Riding for the Brand award for “commissioner of the year” — the first woman to receive the award. She was included in the Wyoming Business Report’s 40 Under 40 and recognized as Woman of Influence in the Government/Economic Development category in 2021. In 2020, she received the Ruby Award from the Soroptimists of Jackson Hole for her service to women. Outside of public service, Macker is the Producing Artistic Director of Off Square Theatre Company. She holds a BA cum laude from Yale University and lives in Jackson, WY with her husband and three sons.