John Williams has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is very proud to call Surprise home. A native to New York, John has a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Hofstra University, a Master’s Degree in Health Administration out of Towson University, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. His professional career began in sports medicine, where he worked as an athletic trainer for the New York Islanders, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and as Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New Mexico Scorpions Hockey Club before coming to Surprise. He transitioned into education upon his arrival to Surprise and spent the last 13 years helping build the Peoria Unified School District’s Career and Technical Education Sports Medicine Program. He now serves as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director with the Dysart Unified School District for Willow Canyon High School.
John was elected to the City Council from District 3 (Mesquite) in November 2007. He was elected Vice Mayor by the City Council in 2012 and again in 2015. John has served on several municipal, regional and federal committees during his tenure on the Council. Some of those committees include Impact Ed, an education stakeholders committee, and the critical Water Resource Planning Committee. He currently serves as chair of the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants and as a member of the Committee on Boards & Commissions and Performance Evaluation Leaders. He is a member of the National League of Cities Human Development Committee and Youth Programming Committee. John has been a part of the WESTMARC Education & Workforce Development Committee and has served on the National League of Cities Human Services Committee. John’s leadership also puts a strong emphasis on youth, community engagement, job creation, partnerships, education and developing a four-year university.
As a teacher, parent and husband, John brings a community perspective to his commitment to serve as the voice for all residents. “Surprise is not just a suburb of Phoenix or a bedroom community at the far reaching corners of the northwest valley. Surprise is a place that offers opportunities for families to live, grow and help build this great city. In District 3, our streets are new, our housing is new, our schools are new, and they all set a stage for limitless potential for this young and growing community. Melissa and I are so thankful for the opportunities Surprise has afforded us, and we look forward to being a part of this community for years to come.”
John is an avid runner and trains at a local CrossFit gym in Surprise. He and Melissa have three children, Connor, Ashlyn and Matthew.