William "Bill" Edwards
Visit Commissioner Edwards' extended website
Commissioner William â€śBillâ€ť Edwards has been serving the citizens of Fulton County as their District 7 Commissioner since November 2000, representing the residents of unincorporated South Fulton and Southwest Fulton, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Union City, Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills and a portion of Southwest Atlanta. Elected by the Board of Commissioners to serve three previous terms as Vice Chairman in 2003, 2008, and 2009, in 2010, he was unanimously voted to serve again for a 4th term. He has also served as interim Chair from August through November 2003.
Commissioner Edwards does not consider himself a â€śpoliticianâ€ť. He believes that instead, he is a â€śpublic servantâ€ť. Commissioner Edwards maintains that a politician is someone who holds political office and studies politics, a public servant is one who serves the public interest and seeks to change the political landscape. As such, he is a very dedicated servant who always has the best interest of the community at heart. With that in mind, he sponsors quarterly Community Listening Sessions to provide residents an opportunity to connect with him about their concerns and what matters most to them. Commissioner Edwards listens in order to serve.
During his term on the Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Edwards has brought over $3 billion plus dollars into South Fulton County. He has watched his vision for South Fultonâ€™s business and residential growth become a reality with the opening of several new business ventures, some of which include: Sandtown Village Shopping Center, The Shoppes at Hampton Oaks, Parkway Village Shopping Center, Wal-Mart Plaza Shopping Center on Old National Highway, Walton Lakes, Harbor Grove Residential Community, The Shops at Camp Creek Village located on the southeast corner of Camp Creek Parkway and Butner Road, Prestige Car Center, and the Shoppes at Old National.
Commissioner Edwardsâ€™ quality of life initiatives are also being achieved through his senior projects including; the renovation and/or construction of several senior centers. Commissioner Edwards has sponsored several resolutions involving enhanced development standards for retail and commercial development. His recent arts initiatives include the new Wolf Creek Amphitheater (95% complete), construction of the Southwest Performing Arts Theatre, and the renovation of South Fulton Arts Center. The Georgia Minority Business Awards honored Commissioner for his accomplishments with the Commissioner of the Year Award on February 19, 2009.
Commissioner Edwards not only understands the needs of citizens, be he also understands the Fulton county business owner, as he is the owner of the William Edwards Allstate Insurance Agency located in the Old National Highway area. He is a member of the distinguished Morehouse College Class of 1972 and a 1980 graduate of Atlanta School of Law.
A member of Cascade United Methodist Church and a resident of South Fulton for thirty years, Commissioner Edwards is the proud father of two adult children, William Jr. and Erika, and the grandfather of Sierra, William III, Morgan and McKenzie.