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May 6, 2014 > Williams selected as Deputy County Executive

Williams selected as Deputy County Executive

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson

County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith recently announced that James R. Williams will assume new responsibilities as Deputy County Executive. Thirty-year-old Williams played a substantial role in advancing the CountyÕs position on the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

Williams delivered oral argument before the California Supreme Court in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, where the CountyÕs successful argument resulted in the dissolution of the stateÕs 400+ redevelopment agencies on February 1, 2012.

In June of 2012, Smith appointed Williams to serve as Special Assistant to the County Executive with a primary role in the dissolution of the redevelopment agencies. He has worked on every aspect of this unprecedented effort, including oversight boards, legislation, audits, and tax distribution. In January 2013, he was promoted to the post of Deputy County Executive, focused on dissolution and other special projects in Finance, Valley Health Plan, and public safety.

Williams will coordinate, on behalf of the County Executive, Procurement, Countywide Contracting, County Communications (9-1-1), Office of Emergency Services, Fire Department, housing issues, and work with the Board of SupervisorsÕ Finance and Government Operations Committee.

Williams began his career with the County of Santa Clara in 2010 as a Social Justice & Impact Litigation Fellow in the Office of the County Counsel. His impressive work landed him a role as Deputy County Counsel where, among other duties, he advised the CountyÕs Finance Agency and its Auditor-Controller, Treasurer, and Tax Collector functions.

Williams graduated from Stanford Law School in June 2010. In 2006, he graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he received the Pyne Prize, PrincetonÕs highest undergraduate distinction. He is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. In Spring 2012, Williams was named a ÒLawyer on the Fast TrackÓ by The Recorder, recognizing California attorneys in their first 10 years of practice Òwhose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrowÕs top lawyers and leaders.Ó

Williams and his wife, Mary Anne, live in San Jose with their three children: Jesse, age 4; Boman, age 2; and Susanna, age 6 months. His salary is $182,000.

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