Potter performed diplomatic duties in Europe that included a stint in Bosnia and Sarajevo. He served as an International Election Supervisor in Bosnia Herzegovina and in Kosovo. In 1999, he served as military advisor to the Office of High Representative and Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
From 2002 until 2005, he served as Head of the Rule of Law Department in the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
With 34 years with the Air Force Reserves, he is a retired colonel in the Florida Air National Guard. His military background led to his service for almost three years as the head of the Department of Law for the United Nations’ mission to stabilize Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Potter is a recipient of numerous medals, including; Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal and the Legion of Merit.
A graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, Potter recounted his experiences in this troubled part of the world in “A Bosnian Diary: A Floridian’s Experience in Nation Building.”
Attorney Bill Potter has been on the board of trustees for Florida Technical Institute for more than three decades. An attorney for more than 40 years and a Melbourne resident since 1965, Potter is a retired partner of Holland and Knight and retired president of Potter, McClelland, Marks and Healy. He is the former city attorney for Melbourne, Indialantic and Melbourne Village, as well as for the Brevard Transportation Authority. He served as chair and as a director of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation. Potter is a former chairman of the Brevard Economic Council, former director and president of the Melbourne YMCA, former board member for Junior Achievement and served as pro bono general counsel and former board member for the United Way of Brevard. He also served as former Brevard County unit president and member of the Florida board of directors for the American Cancer Society.