Marc Williams was first elected as a Councilmember in November of 1999 and has been re-elected twice. He was elected mayor in November 2011. His involvement in our community began in 1979 when he was hired by the law firm of Sonheim and Helm as a second year law clerk. This firm had formerly been the contract city attorney, and remained involved in city issues thereafter. At the suggestion of senior partner Bob Sonheim, when he became an associate with the firm in 1982, Mr. Williams became active in both the local bar association and the Chamber of Commerce. Both of these organizations gave him the opportunity for community volunteerism and a feel for the community and its issues. Today Mr. Williams is a partner at the firm, now called Helm, Less, Smith & Williams.
Mr. Williams served as President of the Northwest Metro Chamber of Commerce and the First Judicial District Bar Association and as a Trustee for ten years of the Jefferson County Library Board, two years as its Chair.
As an elected official, Mr. Williams has been active at the local, regional, state and national level. He was a founding director of the Arvada DARE Foundation, has served on the Arvada Economic Development Association board, the Jefferson Economic Council board, and the First Judicial District Community Corrections Board. He was elected to the Executive Board of the Colorado Municipal League in 2006, re-elected to that Board in June, 2008, and served as president in 2013-14. He also served on the National League of Cities Policy committee for Transportation and Infrastructure along with the First Tier Suburbs Committee. Marc was voted 2011 Elected Official of the Year by the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation.
Williams states that one of his most rewarding professional experiences was serving as an attorney coach to the Evergreen High School mock trial team, which won three state competitions and the National Championship. He has three children who enjoy his passion for hikes, reading, cooking, and burning marshmallows over campfires.
Mr. Williams is married to Luanne Williams, the Executive Director of the Colorado Neurological Institute, and expresses great fortune in having a wife who shares his passion for civic involvement and politics. They enjoy the process and the debate, and share a common belief in the free market system with responsible, limited government. They also enjoy their “down” time with many miles on their tandem bike, cooking, golf, hiking and travel.