Atlanta has new city attorney, deputy chief operating officer


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced two key appointments to her administration, according to a press release. Nina Hickson has been permanently named city attorney and Joshua Williams will serve as the city’s newest deputy chief operating officer.

Nina Hickson joined the Bottoms Administration as interim city attorney in May after having served as general counsel for the Atlanta BeltLine since 2016. Her career of public service spans nearly two decades and includes serving as ethics officer for the city of Atlanta, city attorney for the city of East Point and presiding judge for the Juvenile Court of Fulton County.

“Nina Hickson has a well-earned reputation as an extraordinary attorney and outstanding public servant,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Her expertise and commitment to ethics and transparency will help the City of Atlanta navigate through critical issues and her counsel has already been of great value to this Administration.”

Williams joins the city after having served four years as chief operations officer for DeKalb County Schools, a district with nearly 14,000 employees, a $150 million general operating budget and a $1.2 billion capital improvement program. He joined the school system in 2008 and held previous positions including executive director of facilities management and director of facility planning and construction. Williams began his career in the private sector construction industry.

“As we strive for excellence across all aspects of city operations, Joshua Williams will play a pivotal role in ensuring we are operating not only in an efficient and transparent manner, but in a way that has a tangible impact on the quality of life for all Atlantans. We are fortunate to have someone with his experience and commitment to public service join our leadership team,” Mayor Bottoms concluded.

Hickson’s appointment is effective immediately and Williams will begin his new role on August 6.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Passenger killed, driver injured in I-75 crash in Cobb
Passenger killed, driver injured in I-75 crash in Cobb

The front-seat passenger was killed Sunday when the car in which she was riding crashed on I-75 South in Cobb County, police said. The driver was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with critical injuries, Cobb police Sgt. Wayne Delk said. The crash happened shortly after noon between Hickory Grove Road and Wade Green Road, police said. “According...
Fans crowd downtown Atlanta for Comic Con, soccer, SEC football
Fans crowd downtown Atlanta for Comic Con, soccer, SEC football

Some were downtown for their fixes of sci-fi, comics or horror. Others whetted their appetites for fall and the near-religion of Southern sports — college football. Tens of thousands more sought the thrills of another kind of football — as in fútbol, soccer, the beautiful game. From Comic Con to the pre-season kickoff to SEC...
3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed
3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed

Police in Missouri shot and killed a suspect they said wounded three officers and was a person of interest in the shooting death of a university student, The Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news The man had barricaded himself in a residence, Kansas City police said. The three officers were expected to live, KCTV ...
Officials seek answers in Gwinnett apartment fire
Officials seek answers in Gwinnett apartment fire

Investigators are seeking the cause of a fire at a  two-story, wood-frame apartment building in Norcross. Crews arrived about 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the KRC Hilltops apartments in the 5000 block of Brook Hollow Parkway, Gwinnett County fire spokesman Tommy Rutledge said. They found flames and smoke coming from two front units, he said. The fire was...
Massachusetts policeman, civilian killed in shooting 
Massachusetts policeman, civilian killed in shooting 

A Massachusetts police officer and a civilian were shot and killed in Weymouth on Sunday morning, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said the officer, identified as Michael Chesna, sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to South Shore Hospital. He later died from his injuries. The Norfolk County...
More Stories