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Filby Williams to lead Duluth’s public administration | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

imgresPublished October 11, 2013, 06:30 AM

Filby Williams to lead Duluth’s public administration

If approved by the Duluth City Council on Monday, Jim Filby Williams will become Duluth’s next director of public administration, succeeding Roshanda Smiley, who left the position in September to accept a new role working for the city of Killeen, Texas.

By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

If approved by the Duluth City Council on Monday, Jim Filby Williams will become Duluth’s next director of public administration, succeeding Roshanda Smiley, who left the position in September to accept a new role working for the city of Killeen, Texas.

Filby Williams is northeast regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Before that, Filby Williams served as executive director of Animal Allies, where he managed a $1.1-million operation with 30 employees and 300 volunteers. He also spearheaded a $4 million capital campaign there.

His involvement in the community includes serving on the board of directors for Community Action Duluth and the Alan H. Zeppa Family Foundation.

“Jim will make an excellent addition to our team. He is already well-

respected throughout the community, and has proven to be a catalyst for community involvement and achievement. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Jim for many years. I’ve seen firsthand the quality of his work and his passion for this city. I’m confident he’ll thrive in this role,” Mayor Don Ness said.

Filby Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and is working on a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute. In 2009, he was recognized as a “20 Under 40” award recipient by the Duluth News Tribune.

In his new role, Filby Williams will oversee library services, parks and recreation, maintenance, the city clerk’s office, human resources and the information technology operations.

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