B.J. Williams, Mayor Pro Tem and District 4 Council Member, was elected to his first term on City Council in May 2012. Quality and affordable single-family housing is what enticed Council Member Williams to move to Garland in 1971. He and his wife, Dorothy, have resided in Garland for 41 years. They have one daughter, Chonda. Council Member Williams is a retired human resources manager for the Social Security Administration.
Prior to being elected, Council Member Williams served on several City boards and commissions including the Garland Police Department Interview Board, the Housing Standards Board, the 2007 Charter Review Committee, and as a two-term chair to the Plan Commission. He also is a member of the Garland ISD Multi-Ethnic Committee, the Texas Scholars Program, and he served on the 2002 Garland ISD Bond Committee. In addition, Council Member Williams is the former president of the NAACP Garland Branch, and is a graduate of the Garland Citizens Fire Academy and Leadership Garland.
Council Member Williams is passionate about maintaining the non-partisan delivery of top quality City services to every resident, visitor and business. He plans to do so by making sound, fiscal and budgetary policy decisions that will preclude any property tax increase. Council Member Williams also wants to revitalize and increase economic development, specifically for the small business sector. His main objective is to remain accessible and responsive to the quality of the life service needs of the residents and businesses of District 4.
Council Member Williams states his main reason for getting involved in community and public service as follows: “My passion is to give back to our community for all of the opportunities for personal and professional growth it has offered me. To whom much is given, much is expected.” His hobbies include traveling, reading and physical fitness.