GPA to posthumously honor Mike Williams at the 2017 Fall Conference in Columbus

Michael C. Williams, local planning director and friend to many in our chapter passed away on September 13, 2017 of cancer.  Michael was a native of Atlanta and graduate of Fulton High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from West Georgia College and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Michael began his career in city planning in St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. After returning to the Atlanta area in 1984, Michael worked for Fulton County briefly, before going to work for Gwinnett County for 20 years, retiring in 2006 from the position of Director of Planning & Development. He then became the first Director of Development for the City of Johns Creek, retiring from that position in 2014. Michael was the first Planning Commission Chairman for the new City of Tucker, where he continued to serve through July of this year.

Condolences can be left online. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be donated in Mr. Williams’ memory to the American Red Cross or St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker.

Mike will be honored at this year’s Fall Conference by posthumously receiving the Distinguished Planning Leadership Award.  Please join us at the award ceremony Thursday night, September 28th in Columbus to honor Mike’s memory and service to our profession.

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