Steve Williams

Huntington, WV

Steve Williams was elected as Huntington’s 47th mayor on Nov. 6, 2012. Under Williams’ leadership, Huntington has gained national recognition for a number of initiatives, most notably the establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The Office has formed several partnerships in developing a holistic harm reduction program and has focused on reducing drug trafficking and related crime while promoting prevention and treatment options for addicts. 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 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.

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