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Huntington, West Virginia
Steve Williams was elected as Huntington’s 47th mayor on Nov. 6, 2012, and was re-elected to a second term in November 2016. Under Williams’ leadership, Huntington was named the $3 million grand prize winner of the America’s Best Communities competition in April 2017. This nationwide contest sponsored by Frontier Communications aimed to spur economic development in small communities. More than 350 communities entered.
Huntington has also gained national recognition for the establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The Office has formed several partnerships in developing a harm reduction program and has focused on reducing drug trafficking and related crime while promoting prevention and treatment options. In March 2016, Williams was named to a joint task force of the National League of Cities and National Association of Counties to address the opioid epidemic.
Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with Cum Laude honors from Marshall University in 1978 and a master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University in 1980. He began serving as the city’s director of economic development in 1984 and, later that same year, he was named the youngest city manager in Huntington’s history. He served as city manager until Huntington switched to a strong mayor form of government in 1985.
Williams also represented Cabell and Wayne counties in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1987 to 1994 where he spent much of his time working to reform the higher education and medical education systems in West Virginia.
Professionally, Williams established a career in finance with 26 years in investment banking and investment brokerage. He has served as an investment banker, stock broker, sales manager and senior level executive, overseeing many of the largest markets for the largest banking institutions in the nation.
Williams returned to politics in 2008 when he was elected as an at-large Huntington city councilman. He fulfilled his four-year term and served as the governing body’s Finance Committee chairman before he was elected mayor. He was named as the 2015-2016 Mayor of the Year by the West Virginia Municipal League.
Williams is married to Mary Poindexter Williams. He has two stepdaughters, Nikki Reed and Laura Urban, two dogs, Darby and Foster, and a cat, K.C.
To read Williams’ inaugural address, which was given at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Jan. 3, 2013, click here.
- Leadership in the Face of Opioid Addiction: Local Perspectives
Monday, March 11, 2019 1:45 pm Virginia A, B & C, Washington Marriott Wardman Park