Thursday, December 27, 2007
Williams Is Ballard's First Pick
An African-American minister and ex-con is Mayor-elect Greg Ballard's first-announced member of his administration. Rev. Olgen Williams, the executive director of Christamore House, has been named as Deputy Mayor in charge of neighborhoods. Williams, who turned his life around after being convicted earlier in his life on theft charges and leading a life of drugs, currently earns $55,000 a year running the nonprofit organization which provides a safe haven for troubled youth. Mayor-elect Ballard has stated his intention to resurrect former Mayor Steve Goldsmith's Front Porch Alliance, a neighborhood outreach effort which involved a partnership with faith-based organizations. Presumably, Rev. Williams' new role will include that task. More announcements are expected Friday morning.