Douglas Raul Williams Appointed Avon Township Trustee

February 29, 2012

Trustee Ditton being congratulated by Supervisor Yingling
Trustee Ditton being congratulated by Supervisor Yingling

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

Douglas Raul Williams
Douglas Raul 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.


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  • Gene Carey

    When I took the photo of Chris and Sam shaking hands at an earlier TWP meeting, Sam explained that Chris would NOT be replacing the temporary assessor until his certification papers, etc. were reviewed and approved by the County (forgot exactly who or what department head Sam mentioned). Monday night made it official, since he also had to resign his position as Trustee.

  • Gene Carey

    Ed, you are correct. The press release I received had the wrong date in it. I actually went to the meeting but arrived at 7:00 when it was already over since it started at 6:30. Unfortunately, I hadn’t received the time, only that there was going to be a special meeting and just took a chance that it would be at 7:00.

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