John C ‘Chuck’ Williams
JOHN C. ‘CHUCK’ WILLIAMS
Candidate for Toquerville City Council
I am currently a member of the Toquerville Planning Commission. My wife Stefani and I and our children moved to Toquerville from Heber City in 2013.
I am a retired USAF Lt Colonel – Vietnam combat veteran and Iraq veteran.
My final duty assignment with the Dept. of Defense was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, Energy, and Geospatial Applications
I’ve lived all over the world and worked in numerous career fields. Toquerville is the best place we’ve ever lived.
My dad would tell me that I should always leave a place better than I found it, that I shouldn’t be afraid to get my hands dirty and get involved in local and state politics. Otherwise, he said, how can you complain or criticize what a group or organization does if you aren’t willing to work to make things better.
In our city, we need to honor and remember our past, deal with the opportunities of the “here and now,” and focus on a future that will enhance and preserve what makes our town great.
The wide range of experience that I offer I believe can benefit Toquerville now and in the future
May I point out that today’s military bases are not that much different than other small communities, except for the increased security. They have homes, stores, schools, industrial areas, parks, roads, and traffic. They are constantly planning, budgeting, and dealing with local, county, state, and federal regulations, plus environmental and activist organizations.
I am confident that my background in city, regional, and military planning and logistics, provide me with unique qualifications that could greatly benefit our community. I understand the water, growth, transportation, and preservation issues Toquerville faces, and I sincerely believe that I can help meet these challenges.
In addition, I think that my work with state and federal agencies and politics can help us move projects that are beneficial to Toquerville along more quickly.
Here are four areas that will be my primary focus if elected to represent you on the City Council:
- * Water – properly conserve what we have – make sure the reservoir gets built – support the Lake Powell pipeline – honor existing water rights – only issue new water permits based on long term supplies. No water / no homes / no business / no city.
- * Transportation – The Bypass and its connections / Zoning / Parking
- * Growth-Preservations - Zoning
- * Uniting the different parts of our city. In my opinion Toquerville has six or seven parts:
Old Town / The West Fields / Anderson Junction / Cholla Creek & Trail Ridge Estates / Toquerville Heights / The Bypass - Development & Its Connections … All parts must be part of the whole, connecting each of these areas together.
I ask for your vote in our upcoming election, Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Thank you.
Below is some of my personal information, service, accomplishments, and education.
Education: a BA in Geography and Geology from California State University at Chico (‘Chico State’), an MPA in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and a MA in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University, California.
Chuck entered the United States Air Force, through Officer Training School (OTS), in 1968. After flight training, He flew 150 combat missions in Vietnam in AC119G ‘Shadow’ Gunships in 1969-70. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals for aerial combat, For over 20 years, he served in assignments in aviation, administration, information systems, and logistics. His final military assignment was at the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the White House, Washington, D.C. Chuck retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in May, 1988.
In 1989, he received a Presidential appointment to the National Park Service and was sent on special assignment to California to manage the base closure and transfer of the Army’s Presidio of San Francisco to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Since 1992, Chuck has operated Stone-Williams Associates (formerly Williams Associates), a logistics-consulting firm specializing in Logistics Systems, Special Projects, and Political Consulting, originally in San Bernardino County, California, and now Washington County, Utah.
From 1993 to 2003, Chuck was a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in California.
From early 2001 to 2003, he worked private property rights and public lands access issues for a variety of clients, including representing San Bernardino County, California, on the Bureau of Land Management’s West Mojave Planning Team.
In November 2001, following the September 11th Attack on America, Williams became project director for Freedom’s Flame, a 9-11 memorial foundation to raise money and build two memorials, one in New York City & the other in Southern California. He was personally responsible for procuring and transporting eighteen tons of World Trade Center steel, plus a damaged FDNY 9-11 fire truck, from Ground Zero in NYC to Southern California, across eighteen states, through twenty-two cities, ten state capitals, and the nation’s capital, in eleven days.
In October 2003, Chuck was asked to return to government service with the Department of Defense and became the Director of Personnel for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq. Following Iraq’s Transition to Sovereignty in June 2004, he became the Regional Programs Coordinator, NE, for DOD’s Projects & Contracting Office. He was responsible for billions of dollars in reconstruction projects in four of Iraq’s eighteen governorates (states).
Chuck was sworn in August 2005 as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations (ADUSD-I) and member of the Senior Executive Service. He was the lead Pentagon official responsible for all US military installations world-wide: 571,000 buildings & structures, over $710 billion in plant replacement value, $55 billion annual budget, and 46,000 square miles of real estate. Responsibilities included: implementing the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC); Installations Resource Management; Public / Private Partnerships; serving as the senior Geospatial lead on Installations & Environment policy; and as a senior DOD Energy official for Installations.
He left the Department of Defense in 2009 and moved to Heber City, Utah.
In 2013, he was asked to join the Utah Military Academy as one of the founding board members of this unique state approved charter school. The school opened its first of three campuses in August 2014, near Hill AFB, UT, and serves cadets in grades 7-12. The second campus near Camp Williams, in Lehi, UT opened in 2017. Enrollment for the 2019 school year is now over 1,000 cadets on both campuses. The school campuses are associated with the Air Force and Army Junior ROTC programs. Chuck is now Chairman of the Board of Directors.