February 29, 2012
At a Special Board Meeting of Avon Township on Monday January 27, 2012, the Township Board approved the nomination of Hainesville resident, Douglas Raul Williams to fill the vacant Trustee seat created after Trustee Chris Ditton’s appointment to the office of Avon Township Assessor. The application process started at the end of January 2012 and the position was advertised in the Daily Herald, News Sun, on the Avon Township road sign, as well as the Avon Township website.
“We strived for the most open and transparent appointment system”, stated Supervisor Sam Yingling, who deferred to the trustees and the township clerk in identifying the best applicant. “Everyone who applied had their unique qualifications and we thank those who submitted applications. I wanted the trustees and the township clerk to take the leadership role in selecting a consensus candidate. I agreed to support the majority decision.”
The Avon Township Trustees and Supervisor Yingling voted unanimously to appoint Mr.Williams
“I am excited that this Board has appointed not only a highly qualified person, one who has experience and a point-of-view that will add benefit, but also one who represents the Latino Community in our Township,” said Yingling. Mr. Williams will be the first Latino to serve in the history of Avon Township, which according to the 2010 U.S. Census constitutes approximately 40% of the population of Avon Township.
“Mr. Wiliams will also be the only trustee from Hainesville,” elaborated Yingling, “I’m glad his appointment adds to the diversity of the Board and I’ve been impressed with Doug’s vast community involvement and his commitment to building community consensus.”
Mr. Raul Williams is a U.S. Air Force veteran, bilingual in English and Spanish, and has been active in numerous community organizations.