The tradition of political leadership, as community service was historically exemplified by the Hill District’s Williams family, beginning with 5th Ward Chairman and Magistrate, Robert “Pappy” Williams.
It was then carried forward by his younger brother Magistrate Jake Williams. The tradition of political leadership and community service was continued by yet another younger brother, Frank Williams. And we are all well aware of the tremendous contribution to the whole of Allegheny County made by their younger sister, Thelma Williams Lovette. This family represents the epitome of the marriage of political leadership and community service.
“Ward Chairmen and Chairwomen provide valuable community service every day, but seldom get recognized for all the good work they do. The Williams Community Service Award, is intended to show some appreciation for the community service of School District 3 ward chairs and an opportunity to just say “Thank you.” We are delighted to present the following Ward Chairs with this award,” said Sala Udin, committee chair, in a press release.
Receiving the inaugural Williams Service Awards are: Fred Wilburn, 3rd Ward; Al Zigarilli, 4th Ward; Walt Anderson, 5th Ward; Jeanne Clark, 7th Ward; Vinessa Turpin, 8th Ward; Don Sand, 10th Ward and Linda Johnson Wasler, 11th Ward.
It was presented to them by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Democratic Committee Chairwoman, Dr. Nancy Patton Mills, on the afternoon of Labor Day, Sept. 5 at the Robert E. Williams Park, at the “Labor Day ‘Oldies But Goodies’ Fish Fry.”