Mayor Vince Williams
In 2007 Vince R. Williams was elected to the Union City City Council. Taking the office of Mayor in May 2013, Vince R. Williams is Union City’s twentieth mayor. As the sitting Mayor Pro-Tem, he was elevated to the office after the resignation of his predecessor. In November 2013 he was elected by the voters to the office of Mayor.
His first priority as a mayor was to create a strong economic tax base for Union City by attracting, professional and commercial business that would transform the city into a full-scale, financially sound livable community, which would deliver numerous job opportunities.
Mayor Williams was elected to office at a moment of crisis unlike any Union City had experienced in decades – a city on the verge of financial challenge, a stagnant economy, and a community that lacked stable vision. His leadership and commitment to advancing the Council’s shared vision for Union City helped to transform a dilapidated mall and revitalize it into a thriving multi-million-dollar film studio (Atlanta Metro Studios), reverse a multi-year financial deficit to an 81% increase during his first term as Mayor – all while ushering in the greatest increase of job creation in the City’s history. Mayor Williams works tirelessly to encourage economic sustainability by fostering relationships with local businesses that have called Union City home for years. The success of those businesses has established Union City as the address of choice for many Fortune 500 companies.
Since his first day in office, Mayor Williams has strived to increase consensus, cooperation, and partnership between South Fulton, Metro Atlanta, and Georgia’s many governments, its business and civic communities, and its residents. The result of this effort is a new era of collaboration that has paved the way for a string of remarkable, “NEXT LEVEL” accomplishments for a greater Union City in a very short period of time and has set Union City on course for a more prosperous exciting future.
On the World stage, Mayor Williams has represented Union City, the State of Georgia, and the United States by participating in the U.S. – China Exchange Association’s U.S. Business Matchmaking Conference, where he met with a delegation of elected officials and business leaders from Japan, Africa, and China to discuss how those countries could invest in America. His work has been recognized on the State level by former Governor Nathan Deal and Governor Brian Kemp which led to appointments to the County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council (CMPAC), Georgia’s 911 Advisory Council, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Mayor Williams is also a recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award given by the office of Secretary of State and the 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award given by President Barack Obama. In 2018, Mayor Williams was awarded Mayor of the Year by The Georgia Minority Business Awards and has been honored multiple times by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential/Notable Georgians.
As a long-standing community enthusiast, Mayor Williams has had the opportunity to serve on many committees and boards.
Mayor Williams is a graduate of Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He has over 25 years in Corporate America that includes a strong work ethic and positive attitude. He is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, received Special recognition from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department for Emergency/Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Leadership Institute, and Mayor Williams completed the Robert E. Knox Jr., Municipal Leadership Institute program through the University of Georgia in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association. He is a Class of 2016 Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) graduate.
Mayor Williams brings his background in Senior Non-profit Administration, Legal and Regulatory Compliance and Public Relations to the Union City Council.
He is also an entrepreneur in Real Estate, and the Health and Wellness Industry. He is a devout Christian and humbly serves God under the leadership of Senior Pastor André Landers at the iTHRIVE Christian Church as an Associate Pastor, but most importantly a worshiper. He is a member of the iTHRIVE Christian Church Board of Directors and is a certified Christian educator.
Mayor Williams is happily married to Sharon Williams and the couple share a beautiful daughter, Nia Williams. Some of his hobbies include reading, listening to music, health/wellness research, volunteering wherever needed in the community, and spending time with his family.