Chair Joe Lee Williams


Joe Lee Williams has served as Stewart County Commissioner for over ten years and is currently the longest-serving Commissioner. He is the first African-American ever to be elected Commission Chair, an office he accepted in January, 2007.


A native of nearby Webster County, Commissioner Williams became a Richland Police Officer in 1979. Promoted to Sergeant in 1985, he became Richlandís first-ever black Police Chief two years later. In 1989, he joined the Georgia Department of Corrections and currently serves as a Probation Surveillance Officer.


Commissioner Williams serves District 4, which includes south Richland and a small portion of the rural area south of Richland. Since his job doesnít allow him to keep his cell ringer on, contact his beeper at 706/569-4518.