Steve Williams

Huntington Police Department

Huntington interim police chief Hank Dial has been recommended for the job on a permanent basis.

Huntington Mayor Steve William announced the move Monday. The City Council must vote on the appointment May 28.

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City of Huntington, W.Va.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says he's ending his run for the U.S. House in West Virginia's 3rd District.

Williams tells the Huntington Herald-Dispatch there are problems in the city that need his attention, including a drug epidemic and growing violence.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has filed to run in the 2018 U.S. House primary in West Virginia's 3rd District.

Williams' campaign announced the filing Wednesday in a news release.

Female Fire Chief Blazing New Path in Huntington

Apr 25, 2017
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Huntington has hired the first full time female fire chief in the state of West Virginia.

Jan Rader is the first woman in the state to lead a professional fire department. The one-time gemologist, who worked at a jewelry store in Washington, D.C. didn’t see this day coming.

Rader said one day while working in the Jewelry store, a woman had a heart attack and she couldn’t help. She said thankfully two women in the store were there and helped the woman. From there, Rader said her feelings on life changed and she wanted to help people.

Mayor Williams Budget Presser
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Huntington officials say they’re using layoffs and cuts to cut the city’s projected $4.8 million budget deficit in half. Huntington’s mayor says he doesn’t anticipate any more cuts to the city’s staff as he looks to close the rest of the fiscal gap.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has authorized cuts to the city budget that range from changes in health insurance, to instituting a hiring freeze, to making cuts to the police and fire departments. Those cuts include the dismissal of 24 of the city’s 355 employees.

Mayor Williams City Council
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The city of Huntington is dealing with budget issues that have the police and fire departments on a pace to exceed their budget for the fiscal year.  At a city council meeting Monday night, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams updated council members on the additional cuts he's asked the two departments to make in order to assure the city can balance its budget this year. Despite the deficit, Williams and city counselors are cautiously optimistic that a budget without police or fire layoffs can occur.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams says the city's budgetary problems are rooted in three areas. The first, police and fire departments have outspent their annual budgets with six months left in the fiscal year. Along with the overspending, health insurance costs for the city have steadily increased as well as the amount Huntington is paying into its police and fire pension funds. When you combine all three, Huntington is facing an approximate $4.8M budget deficit by the end of the fiscal year in July. 

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A new playground at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington could serve as the beginning of a revitalized riverfront.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams along with Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District officials opened the new playground yesterday morning. The $50,000 playground was paid for by the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District. The playground is just one step among many that Huntington Mayor Steve Williams hopes revitalizes the park.