Treasurer's Bio

City Treasurer's Bio

James L. "Jimmy" Williams, City Treasurer
Elected and took office January 1, 1994.

Portsmouth Public Schools. Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School; attended and graduated from the University of South Carolina, B.S. Business Administration-Major Accounting; University of Wisconsin-Graduate School/The School for Bank Administration-Major Controllership; University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service & School for Continuing and Professional Studies-Master Governmental Treasurer Certification.

NCR Corporation, Accounting and Data Processing Sales Representative; Ford Motor Company-Accountant; Virginia National/Sovran, and C&S/Sovran Banks (Predecessors to Bank of America) Senior Vice President/Budget Director for the respective Holding Companies.

Community Service:
Centenary United Methodist Church/ Administrative Board, Sunday School Teacher; PTA President; Youth Athletic Coach & Administrator; Optimist Club; Portsmouth Municipal Finance Commission; Portsmouth School Board; Portsmouth Basketball Invitational Tournament/Past Chairman; Southeastern Football Officials Association/Commissioner and Official; Portsmouth Sports Club, Past President and Director; Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Past President and Chairman of the Board; Portsmouth Sports Foundation; USC Letterman Gamecock Club, and Alumni Associations; Fund Raiser- American Heart Association; MDA, and Judge – Relay for Life.

Athletic (Football) Scholarship/University of South Carolina; Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity/Gold Chapter; Shield and Diamond Society; Past President and Life Membership Optimist Club of Norfolk; Builders Community Award presented by Western Branch Lodge No 189; Sports Person of the Year/Portsmouth Club; Sports Club Member of the Year/Portsmouth Sports Club; Annual Sports Club Member of the Year named in his Honor; Life Member/Portsmouth Sports Club; and Community Service Award presented by The Treasurers Association of the Year; the Treasurers Association Office Accreditation Award, and Quarterly Department of the Quarter Award presented by Portsmouth City Manager.

Married to Joan Rae Garthright Williams (deceased January, 2009) would have been 50 years June 6, 2009; Son Col. James L. "Jay" Williams, Jr. and wife Paige; Daughter Janet W. Morrison, husband Rick, Five Grandchildren, Merryn, "Trey", and Olivia Williams, and Lindsey and Lauren Slough; brother G. Eugene Williams (deceased November, 2016); sisters Audrey L. Williams (deceased), Ruth W. Cutchins (deceased), and parents Mr. & Mrs. George E. Williams, Sr. (deceased)