Tuesday, December 13, 2011

McWilliams Completes Council Presidency

Annie McWilliams completed two terms as City Council President Monday night amid kudos for her leadership.

The daughter of the late Mayor Albert T. McWilliams won a seat on the governing body in the November 2008 election, after defeating the Democratic Party's choice, Harold Gibson, in the June 2008 primary. She took office on Jan. 1, 2009 and served as president in 2010 and 2011.

Among accomplishments during her tenure as president, McWilliams named passage of the F.A.I.R. legislation and creation of the city's first Technology Division. She also had to deal with several highly volatile issues, such as a controversy over youth baseball leagues that brought large crowds to council meetings, and an investigation into an Aug. 1, 2010 Town Meeting that was broadcast over radio station WBLS. The live radio show cost $20,000 and after a year of fruitless inquiries into the use of city funds for the show, McWilliams pushed for an investigation as allowed by the city's special charter.

A report on the investigation will be final soon.

In council comments Monday, Councilman Cory Storch praised McWilliams' ability to defuse hostility and anger that erupted publicly in the baseball controversy.

"Your leadership is impeccable," Councilwoman Bridget Rivers added. "I appreciate you."

Councilman Adrian Mapp said as a new person on the governing body, McWilliams "came up to speed rapidly" and praised her leadership.

But McWilliams said, "This has really been  function of us all working together," and said she hoped the "positive attitude" will continue.

In public comment, Plainfield Public Library Director Joe Da Rold and blogger Dr. Harold Yood voiced more compliments on her leadership, with Yood saying her "two years of professionalism" will be hard for anyone to follow.

The council will choose a new president for 2012 at the Jan. 3 annual reorganization.

McWilliams and Mapp campaigned together in 2008 and will have to declare by April 2 whether they will seek re-election. McWilliams holds the citywide at-large council seat, representing all four wards, and Mapp holds the Third Ward seat.



  1. Miss Bernice
    What happened at the council meeting last night I couldn't make it.

  2. MAPP do not have a fighting chance again as our 3rd ward representative. I don't care if a toddler run on against him I will be voting for the toddler I know the toddler will do a etter job than MAPP.

  3. A toddler would also do a "etter" job with grammar than Anon at 11:25 AM.

  4. In all good conscience, Mapp shouldn’t even entertain the thought of running for 3 ward again. He has proved to be unreliable and unworthy to be re-elected. Mapp has shown that he is not loyal and cannot be trusted. He does not deserve to represent any one in the city of Plainfield. Clearly, Mapp is only about Mapp he will say and use anyone he can to become Mayor. Mapp take a seat and forget about running for 3 ward and please do not even attempt to run for Mayor. You have nothing to offer that can turn this city around. You are finished in Plainfield.

  5. 12:50 p.m. must be wishing Santa will bring a stocking full of stones to throw.