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LCRA’s John Williams honored
Monday, September 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano
Last week’s Lower Colorado River Authority meeting kicked off with a resolution honoring senior communications specialist John Williams, who retired in June after 39 years. The resolution highlighted Williams’ role manning KWTR River Radio in the 1990s, serving as a spokesman for LCRA, and providing updates and information through “22 floods, 10 droughts, many localized electric outages and brownouts, and a substation explosion and fire.” Williams also wrote a book about the history of the LCRA, and during his tenure served under eight general managers and 100 board members. In his speech, Williams said that he had seen lots of changes in his career at the water authority. Williams joked that there was only one dull moment — in April 1979. “This was never just another job … We were doing something special, and we were doing something special for the people of Texas. If you don’t mind my saying so, it was kind of like we were doing the Lord’s work. (It was) a feeling of providing a public service to the people of Texas,” said Williams. “I’m especially privileged that I got to work here during an era when LCRA reclaimed its legacy … it made an active choice to be a leader, not only in its electric operations, which are nonparalleled, but to also take the lead in its stewardship providing water and environmental resources. God bless Texas, and God bless the LCRA.”
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