Gregory “Big Coach” Williams, a 40-year resident of Grambling, today announced his candidacy for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 1 seat.
A retired educator from the Lincoln Parish school system, where he served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and Head Coach, Williams is well-known for his positive impact in the classroom and on north Louisiana athletic programs.
“I know from experience the critically important role the Police Jury plays in ensuring our quality of life in Lincoln Parish,” Williams said. “From road construction to sewage management to trash control, the Police Jury operates and maintains much of the essential infrastructure that contributes to a functioning and healthy Lincoln Parish.”
Williams also cited improved healthcare and greater transparency and accountability in Police Jury operations as top priorities.
“I believe we need and deserve reliable health care systems, including ambulance services that are equitable and have fast response times, and that Police Jury actions need to be based on facts and made in an open and transparent manner,” Williams said. “Since the Police Jury is spending taxpayer dollars, they must be accountable to Parish taxpayers.”
Williams is a graduate of Newellton High School in Tensas Parish, and received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Physical Education, and Athletic Directorship degree from Alcorn State University. He also received a Master of Educational Leadership and Plus 30 certification from Louisiana Tech University.
Following his retirement from education, Williams has served as an Honorary Member of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for the last six years, as a supervisor at Lincoln Parish Park, as a counselor at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, and he is currently on the Planning and Zoning Committee for the City of Grambling. A member of New Living Word Ministry in Ruston, Williams mentors adults and students at the church, and oversees their marriage ministry program.
As a lifelong public servant, Williams is committed to listening to the residents of District 1, understanding their needs, and working tirelessly to meet those needs and enhance lives throughout the Parish.
“I have the time and the desire to work for the residents of District 1 in an open and transparent manner, and to explain to them how and why the Police Jury makes decisions that affect their lives on a daily basis,” he said.
Williams has been married to his wife Eva, also retired from the Lincoln Parish school system, for 45 years. They have two daughters, Dr. Danielle Williams, who serves on the Lincoln Parish School Board and is an Assistant Professor at Grambling State University, and Dr. Dionne Williams Cooper, who is an Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Grandchild Cece Williams is a first-year student at Grambling State University.
“My life has been about serving and helping others,” Williams said, “and I humbly ask the residents of District 1 to elect me as your Police Jury representative.”