Springfield’s mayor has nominated a community organizer to fill the vacancy on the city council. Roy Williams, Jr., was selected to take over for State Sen. Doris Turner, who has left the Ward 3 seat after being appointed to the Illinois legislature earlier this month.
Williams is a Springfield native who is currently president of the Faith Coalition for the Common Good.
If the council approves at an emergency meeting March 2, Williams would fill the remainder of Turner’s term that expires in two years.
According to a news release from the mayor’s office, eleven others showed interest in the job.
"Roy is very engaged in Ward 3 and throughout the community on many different fronts," Mayor Jim Langfelder said in a statement. "I believe he will represent the residents, neighborhoods, and city very well and be a great addition to the City Council."