FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Barbara Williams is a familiar face to Fort Valley, but she has a few new tricks as Mayor up her sleeve, including adding recreational facilities for young people and more sit-down restaurants throughout the city.
Her 16 years of leadership on Fort Valley's city council provided Williams with enough experience to see that this year, she says, the city needed a change.
Williams will take office as Mayor of Fort Valley at the start of the new year, hoping to provide citizens with fresh ideas to improve city life.
"I think she'll do a wonderful job for the city of Fort Valley, since she's been a long-time, outstanding citizen for Fort Valley," said Walter Johnson, a Fort Valley resident.
"I think it's time for a change for Peach County, and I would be honored to have a female in that position because I am a female myself," said Willie Mae Bolden, another Fort Valley resident.
Changes Williams hopes to make include improving communication between herself and neighboring cities' mayors, and provide more recreational opportunities for children.
"I have two grand boys, and actually when they come visit me, that's one place I would love to take them," said Fort Valley resident Ricky Harris, "and kids nowadays need something in their lives to take them so they can grow and just be positive about what they do."
But it won't be just Williams making the changes. She understands cooperation between citizens and its government is very important.
"Now, this is going to be a community effort, first through meeting with council and I believe I talked about meeting with staff but I didn't talk about meeting with council and naturally we want to do that," said Williams. "We want to work cohesively with our council to implement plans that are going to be good for our city."
With her experience and fresh ideas, Williams hopes to be the change Fort Valley is looking for.