ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Mayor Anthony Williams celebrates 20 years of public service with the town of Abilene.
“You are a mentor and a friend and learning from you has been the greatest education of my life,” said Alex Russell, owner of The Local.
Meanwhile, Mayor Williams helped restore and rebuild the historically black communities of Abilene.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments he has made and the contributions he has made to the city,” said Reverend Andrew Penns, who heads the Curtis House Cultural Center.
Many community leaders around the key city took the opportunity to say a few kind words about the mayor.
“We’ve come a long way from basketball in schoolyards all those years ago,” said Rick Tomlin, public information officer for ODA.
Williams has served on too many boards and nonprofits to be counted.
“Something about her smile, her personality and just her wit,” said Le Ann Denis, of KRBC Sales.
He also served on the Abilene City Council as mayor and council member.
“I am grateful and blessed to be able to consider you as a friend and a mentor,” said City Council member Dr. Travis Craver.
“It is a small achievement to accomplish 20 years on City Council,” said Lynn Beard, City Council member.
“You are a person with a heart of true servant,” said Weldon Hurt, member of the city council.
Williams set the record for longest civil servant.
“We are honoring something that will go down in the history of our community,” said Jay Hardaway, senior advisor to Representative Stan Lambert’s office.
His peers and colleagues say they hope he will remain 20 more.
“I’m looking forward to a few more years, I know you’ve got even more in there,” said Joni McKinnon, KTAB presenter.
But for now, Mayor Williams says he’s proud.
“I’m just proud of this moment, I’m proud of my service, I mean this is my hometown, I am becoming the mayor of my hometown,” Williams said.
Williams says he wants to keep working to bring sustainable wages and jobs to the city and to help bridge community gaps.
“The development company and your entire community thank you,” said Misty Mayo, CEO of DCOA.
“Abilene is getting better, thanks to people like you serving and making things better,” said Blaise Regan, local lawyer.
When asked if he was planning on running for another term or for a higher position, he replied, “Never say never.