John D. Williams
John D. Williams
District 45 Chair
Occupation: Retired, Department of Public Safety, Central Prison Unit Manager
Area you represent: Central Prison, Raleigh
Q1: How did you become involved in SEANC? I began working for Central Prison in 1999 after leaving the military. A SEANC member approached me to join the association. He told me about the scholarship program. I have always had a passion to help kids in any way possible. So, I joined SEANC to be a part of the Scholarship Foundation.
Q2: What offices have you held in SEANC? I have been the District Chair several times. On the district level, I have served as Scholarship Chair, Policy Platform Committee member, and helped with the planning and implementation of fundraisers to raise money for the scholarship program.
Q3: What has been the most rewarding part of being active in SEANC? SEANC’s number one priority is the state worker and state retiree. SEANC’s lobbying efforts support competitive wages and benefits for all state employees. I have participated in SEANC rallies at the legislative building and SEIU rallies in Washington. Staying involved in the causes of SEANC and the working people of North Carolina has been really rewarding.
Q4: What do you wish everyone knew about SEANC? I wish that state employees and retirees understood that SEANC membership gives them an opportunity to help themselves.
Q5: What are your hobbies? I enjoy golfing with my sons and am blessed to have the opportunity to babysit my granddaughters. My family and I stay busy within our community. One example is assisting our church in distributing food through the Food Bank.
Q6: Tell us about your family: Carol Ann and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We have two sons, John Aaron and Nicholas. John Aaron and his wife, Alexia, have two daughters. Alivia is two years old and Charlotte is two months old.
Q7: What is an interesting fact about you that people should know? In 1994 while in the military, I had the opportunity to be a part of President Bill Clinton’s security detail in Kuwait. Clinton entered the combat theatre to give a speech on a platform built on the back of two tanks. As the Tank Commander, my team and I were prepared to keep him safe in case anything went awry. Luckily, nothing went wrong. Clinton gave me some tokens, an autograph, and a little note that I still have today.