Harold C. Williams

Harold C. Williams

Harold Williams was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors in November 2014 to represent the cities of Carson, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and unincorporated Los Angeles County portions of San Pedro. Williams is Chair of West Basin's Water Resources Committee and serves as Vice President of the Board. He is also a Member of the Board for the National Water Research Institute and CalDesal.

Williams is a California registered civil engineer by profession, a career that he has had for over 40 years. Williams is currently doing business as a consulting Civil Engineer helping cities and special districts meet their infrastructure challenges. Prior to entering private practice, Williams led the department of public works for the City of Gardena as the Director of Public Works and City Engineer. He has held similar positions with the cities of Carson, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale and Lynwood.

Williams was first elected to the Carson City Council in a special election in November 2004 and was re-elected in a regularly scheduled election in March 2005. A longtime Carson resident and community leader, Williams held leadership positions in numerous civic organizations and served on different city commissions.

As an active member of his professional community, Williams served as President of the American Public Works Association - Southern California Chapter, President of the City and County Engineers Association, and Treasurer of the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers.

Williams’ desire to serve the community began in his years as a Cub Scout and as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He is still actively involved in various organizations such as the Carson Lions Club of The International Association of Lions Clubs, District 4-L3. Williams served as Chair of the Southern Region in 2014-2015, which includes most of the communities in the South Bay. In the 1980s he served as an Assistant Professor for the Civil Engineering Department at California State University Los Angeles.

During Williams’ second term on Council, he served as an “At-Large” Director on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities and a member of the Environmental Quality Policy Committee of the Los Angeles County Division of the League. He served on nine City Council Sub-committees. In addition, Williams represented the City of Carson on the South Bay Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors. Currently, he serves on the Los Angeles County Building Board of Appeals. He served on the Los Angeles County, Compton Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Board, and is a past Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District Board of Trustees.

Williams has a long list of accolades which includes the City of Carson Unity Day Harmony Award 2003; Carson Chamber of Commerce Leadership Carson 2003; Male Democrat of the Year 2002, given by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party; and Distinguished Toastmaster Award for Communication and Leadership Excellence given by Toastmasters International. Most recently, he received the “2015 Top Elected Official Award” from the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Williams graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. He earned his AA degree from Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from California State University Los Angeles. In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a certificate in Small Business from California State University Long Beach.