Deal officially swore Williams in last month.
The council works to ensure the provision of quality, ethical and professional misdemeanor probation service to the courts and citizens of Georgia through evaluation, education and regulation.
“I am honored to be appointed to the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council and to be a part of such an essential organization in the judiciary system of Georgia,” Williams said in a statement. “My goal as a council member is to bring to fruition our vision of having every probationary services provider in compliance with Georgia law and council rule. I gladly accept the appointment and look forward to working with a stellar group of community leaders.”
The other members are chair Sandra Thomas of the Georgia Department of Corrections, vice chair Michael J. Terrell of Coweta County Probation, Paulding County Probate Court Judge Deborah Andersen, Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn, Douglas County State Court Judge W. Neal Dettmering Jr., Colquitt County Municipal Court Judge Richard T. Kent, Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Judge John M. Ott, Steve P. Page of Georgia Probation Management, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and Lee County Magistrate Court Judge James “Jim” Thurman.
Williams’ appointment is a positive achievement not only for Union City, but also for the entire south Fulton area, city Operations Coordinator Ashley Minter said in a statement.
“It highlights acknowledgement of the area by the state of Georgia and serves as a precursor to future relationships and support,” she said. “As the first minority male to be appointed to the board, Mayor Williams also provides an example of the equal representation that our state and nation aim to achieve amongst its governmental entities.”
Williams, who served two terms on the city council, also serves as chair of the Georgia Municipal Association’s public safety committee and treasurer of the Clayton County Juvenile Justice Fund Board.
“Union City is proud of its mayor and looks forward to seeing the work that he will do as a member of the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council,” Minter said.