Dennis Williams could have retired anywhere. He spent many happy years in New York City. He’s fond of his native Chicago. He’s experienced the continental flavor of Berlin.
But when he decided to start a new chapter of his life in 2011, Williams chose Augusta – a city he loves, where he spent many active years in civic affairs.
Now he wants to be active again, and Augustans should seize this opportunity to elect Williams to the District 2 seat on the Augusta Commission on May 20.
Williams spent nearly 40 years as a federal employee, first in the U.S. Army and then as a civilian at several Veterans Administration hospitals. As a supervisor he’s been responsible for the well-being of dozens of employees and the management of multimillion-dollar budgets.
His long career also provided him with the skills that highlight the art of compromise – and for someone who wants to sit on the Augusta Commission, that trait possibly is the most important tool in the box.
Williams has connected the dots. He knows that providing the right climate to grow jobs would grow the city tax base, which would contribute to improving the quality of life for all Augustans. He knows that the salaries of law enforcement and emergency personnel have to stay competitive.
He’s also keenly aware of Augusta’s potential. The location, the climate, the cost of living, the spirit of its people – all those strengths, Williams says, can be better leveraged. But aspects of Augusta that give it a comfortable small-town feel also contribute to what he calls a “small-town mentality” among some citizens who want things to stay how they’ve always been. That line of thinking, he says, can’t persist if Augusta wants to grow and prosper.
Williams is no stranger to getting involved. He’s a former chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Planning and Zoning Commission. He served four consecutive terms as president of the NAACP’s Augusta branch. He served on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the former Augusta Police Department. He’s chaired Augusta’s Human Relations Commission.
If you think all that qualifies him to join a class of Leadership Augusta, he’s already beat you to it. He’s an alumnus of the 1992 class.
Williams’ demeanor most closely resembles one of his former Tabernacle Baptist Church pastors, the late Rev. C.S. Hamilton – “a man of great stature but a peaceful man,” he recalled.
Dennis Williams wants to
give back to Augusta. Augusta should take him up on his offer. Elect him to the Augusta Commission.