Commissioner Joey D. Williams, a Dayton native, was first elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2001. A graduate of Dayton Public Schools, Commissioner Williams was also a member of the Dayton Board of Education, from 1993 to 2001, serving as Vice President and President. As a public servant, Commissioner Williams has championed causes to improve the City’s financial stability, strengthen our neighborhoods, and create jobs through economic development.
Commissioner Williams’ vision and leadership helped accelerate Dayton’s recovery from the Great Recession. In 2002, at the insistence of Commissioner Williams, the City created the Financial Review Committee (FRC). The FRC holds monthly meetings to track the City’s financial performance. As a direct result of Commissioner Williams’ and the FRC’s work, Dayton has a clean financial bill of health and has recently received favorable marks from outside evaluators, such as the S&P and the state auditor.
Commissioner Williams works tirelessly to keep our neighborhoods safe. He is the Commission’s liaison for the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV). In 2011, he led a group of concerned community leaders interested in improving the relationship between the police and the community. This group became the Community Police Commission (CPC) and expanded its work further with geographically dispersed Community Relations Councils. These initiatives have helped to realize his efforts in continuing the trend of reducing gun violence while working with the community to identify best practices to achieve greater safety.
Under Commissioner Williams’ watch, Dayton has seen major upgrades and renovations to several of its parks and recreation centers, the funding of over thirty urban farming projects all over the City through the Urban Agriculture Initiative, the demolishing of over 3000 blighted properties, and the creation several programs, such as Accelerate Dayton, to stimulate the growth of business in Dayton’s neighborhoods.
In addition to the aforementioned initiatives, Commissioner Williams also believes in educating and preparing the community to function well in the age of information technology. He is committed to encouraging public and private sector investment in educational and training opportunities necessary to prepare citizens for jobs in the new digital economy.
Commissioner Williams has been involved in a variety of community organizations and boards, including the West Dayton YMCA, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Board, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Wright Computer Connection, and the United Way Board of Directors.
He has received numerous awards for his community work including: Dayton Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame; Parity’s Top 10 African American Males; Central State University’s Alumni Hall of Fame; Central State University’s Alumnus of the Year (2012); and the Families Matter Celebration Award.
Commissioner Williams earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Central State University, and his Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Natasha Williams, have two sons, and he is a member of Wayman Church. In his free time, he enjoys engaging in youth sports both as a coach on the field and as a supporter in the stands.
A devoted husband, a loving father, a sharp banking executive, and a public servant with nearly 25 years of experience, Commissioner Williams is well prepared to meet the specific challenges facing Dayton.
Dayton Public School
Dayton Business Journal
40 under 40 – Hall of Fame
Ohio State University
Local Senior Business
Special Improvements District
Hall of Fame
Family Matters Celebration
Central State University
Dayton Chamber of Commerce