Current Term: 2010-2014
Previous Terms: 2002-2006; 2006-2010
Commissioner Joey D. Williams, a Dayton native, has served on the City Commission since 2002 after serving two terms as a member of the Dayton Board of Education and being active in numerous community causes. As an elected official, he supports an agenda that includes enhancing neighborhoods and creating jobs through economic development, ensuring safety—particularly reducing gun violence, preserving strong City services, improving education, and helping to bridge the digital divide.
Williams' experience as a local banking executive and community activist has prepared him well to address the challenges facing Dayton. His recognitions include induction into Dayton's Top 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, being selected as a Parity 2000 Top 10 African-American Male, selection to the Central State University Alumni Hall of Fame and selection as Central State University's Alumnus of the Year in 2012.
A graduate of Dayton Public Schools, Commissioner Williams served eight years on the Dayton Board of Education, being first elected in 1993 and re-elected in 1997 and served as Vice President and President. He also served as Chairman of the Education Committee for City of Dayton's long-range strategic planning process, called CitiPlan 20/20. Commissioner Williams is a firm believer in preparing young people and the community to function well in the age of information technology. He is committed to encouraging public and private sector support for educational and training opportunities and stimulating business investment to enable Dayton citizens to be part of the growing digital economy, regardless of race or social status.
A major initiative for Commissioner Williams has been his fight to stop violence, particularly youth violence. Recognizing the need for a collaborative approach to solving this issue, Williams teamed with Commissioner Dean Lovelace to put on the Youth Anti-Violence Seminar in 2005. They followed up on the seminar by working with an Ad-Hoc Committee of local leaders to develop a final researched report of findings and recommendations. These recommendations are being used to help shape the direction of youth development and fighting youth violence. In 2010, Commissioner Williams took a leadership role in CIRGV (Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence) as the Commission's liaison to the initiative. In 2011, he helped form a group of concerned community leaders interested in improving the relationship between the Police and the Community. In 2012, this group became CPC (Community Police Commission).
Commissioner Williams has been involved in a variety of community organizations, including the West Dayton YMCA, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Board, the Wright Computer Connection and the United Way Board of Directors.
Commissioner Williams is married and has two sons. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central State University and received a Masters of Business Administration from Ohio State University.
City Commission Office
City Hall, Second Floor
101 W. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
email: Commissioner Williams