Roger Williams retired from the General Assembly at the end of 2012, but his former colleagues didn’t let him retire from public life. On Tuesday, state legislators from Georgia’s new 14th Congressional District unanimously elected Williams to represent the district on the State Transportation Board.
“This is a very important board, and I’m very honored and privileged that they chose me,” said Williams.
The board has one member from each congressional district, elected by state legislators from within that district. The 14th District is a new one and includes both Whitfield and Murray counties. Georgia picked up one district after the 2010 census because of population growth so Williams will be the first to represent the 14th on the board. He will serve a five-year term.
“I’ve got a lot to learn. But I’m anxious to get started, and I’m sure the chairman and other board members will do everything they can to bring me up to speed as quickly as possible,” Williams said
The board meets each quarter, and it will hold its first meeting of the year next week. Board members name the state transportation commissioner, approve long-range transportation plans and oversee construction contracts.
“It’s a natural position for him since he already knows the people and the process. He’s very respected in the General Assembly, both the House and Senate, and he has worked closely with Transportation Department officials,” said state Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton. “And he also knows the district well and has worked with many of the local elected officials.”
Williams, a Dalton businessman, served 22 years in the state House of Representatives before retiring.
Dalton Mayor David Pennington said the area should benefit from having Williams on the board.
“Roger is well thought of down in Atlanta, and it’s nice to once again have the representative be from Dalton,” he said.
Past representatives to the State Transportation Board from this area include Thomas Mitchell and Steve Farrow.