Vince Williams

NLC President & Mayor

Union City, Georgia


Mayor Vince Williams
Union City, Georgia

President, National League of Cities

Mayor Vince Williams of Union City, Georgia is the president of the National League of Cities (NLC). Mayor Williams’ involvement with NLC began after his election to the Union City Council in 2007 and continued when he was elected as mayor in 2013. In addition to his position as NLC second vice president, Williams has served on the NLC Board of Directors, Board Finance Committee, Executive Committee and as a NLC University Leadership Fellow. Williams is also the first vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

Mayor Williams was elected to office in 2007 during difficult times for Union City. Like most other municipalities at the time, the community was on the verge of financial ruin and faced a stagnant economy. Since becoming mayor, he has focused on developing Union City’s central business district, ending homelessness, increasing transportation opportunities, job creation, public safety initiatives and more. Williams’ leadership and commitment to advancing the Council’s shared vision for Union City helped to transform a dilapidated mall into the thriving multi-million-dollar film studio Atlanta Metro Studios and reverse a multi-year financial deficit to an 81% increase during his first term as mayor.

He has been honored by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, received the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Georgia Secretary of State, and in 2017 was given the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama.

In addition to his public service, Mayor Williams is also associate pastor at the iThrive Christian Church and an entrepreneur in the real estate, health and wellness industries. Williams is happily married to Sharon Williams and the couple share a beautiful daughter, Nia Williams.  Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from Lemoyne-Owen College.