Local attorney appointed to D51 School Board

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) --- Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education President Greg Mikolai has selected to appoint John Williams to fill a board vacancy in District C. Williams will be sworn in at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, prior to a previously scheduled work session meeting of the Board. He will assume director duties immediately.

Williams is a local attorney, with experience in real estate, business, government relations and employment law. He has also recently worked for Hendricks Investment Holdings, LLC/Gateway Canyons, LLC as legal counsel. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern School of Law.

Williams has been very active in the Mesa County community, volunteering on Boards for Hilltop, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, John McConnell Math and Science Center and the D51 Foundation. He is also one of the Chamber 500 Plan volunteers, reading an hour each week with students at Rocky Mountain Elementary School.

The vacancy for District C came after the unfortunate passing of Director Harry Butler on June 2. The search for a new director began later that month, with six candidates submitting applications and participating in interviews on July 30. The Board could not come to consensus on a candidate at that time. Thus, per state statute, the decision fell to the Board President.

“It is a real honor to be presented with the opportunity to serve the community sitting in Harry Butler’s seat. I look forward to working with the Board of Education and learning more about School District 51. My children attended District 51 schools and had a good experience and I’m excited to help serve the students in the district starting today,” Williams said of his selection.

This seat will be up for election in November.