Liz Ordiales

Mayor | Hiawassee, GA

Liz OrdialesTell us about your background. What are the experiences, including education, that make up the person you currently are?

I am a retired AT&T Director of Hispanic Products. I have Bachelor’s Degree in Science & Mathematics, I am a second-generation Cuban American, and have an exceptional work ethic and a skill set that was much needed in my city.

What was your trigger moment and why this specific office?

I ran for the office of Mayor to make a difference in our failing city.

What made you feel qualified to run for office?

I believe my corporate experience was critical to the qualifications needed for this office.

Do you work full-time or part-time?


Most people don’t know what their elected official does on a daily basis. What’s a typical day looking like for you?

8-5 Daily working as City Manager as well as mayor. I serve as the CEO of the city and manage all aspects of the city.

Additionally, they might not know what their elected official is responsible for. What is your role in comparison to other elected offices on your level?

Since we are such a small county, I serve both roles of Mayor and City Manager. I oversee the Water Treatment Plant, Water Distribution, Sewer, business licensing, permitting, Police Department, etc.

What do you think people would be surprised to know someone in your position does?

The total responsibilities of the city. All Departments, all finances, billing, etc.

What are 3-5 skills needed to be successful in the elected office you served in/are currently serving in?

Organization, listening, and patience!

What’s the best part about serving in elected office?

Seeing your efforts make a difference in the growth and stabilization of the city.

What has been the accomplishment you’re most proud of while in office?

Acquisition of 2 derelict buildings that I believe will be the catalyst to moving the city forward.

In terms of finances, how much money did you have to raise for your campaign?


What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone who’s thinking about running for the position you serve/have served in their community?

Make a difference, engage, but be very patient as things move extremely slowly!!