By Joseph W. Brady
As a working professional in the private sector, I always felt that the three toughest jobs out there and ones very few people choose would be:
- An escrow officer in a real estate transaction and keeping buyer and seller together,
- A property manager who maintains the peace between landlords and their tenants
- But more importantly, the Editor of our newspaper.
I had no idea of the amount of work, preparation and knowledge that a successful Editor would need, until I met Mr. Steve Williams nearly 25 years ago. Back then he was the Opinion Editor of the Desert Dispatch. Mr. Williams was a perfectionist and one who mastered the many subjects and wrote some exceptional Op Ed pieces on behalf of the Daily Press.
Mr. Williams would sometimes act as referee when it came to controversial issues such as:
- the potential discussion and corporation of Mojave County,
- the incorporation of the Town of Apple Valley, the City of Hesperia,
- the disposition of George Airforce Base to Sterling Development and the creation of Southern California Logistics Airport,
- the proposed largest dump in the world by Waste Management and their project “Rail Cycle,”
- the continued challenges that impacted Victor Valley Community College District with their deficit spending and their continual problem with their lack of assured accreditation,
- City of Victorville’s proposed power plant No. 2, the proposed Desert Xpress, the Cross Town Freeway,
- the creation and the maintaining of the High Desert Economic Development Authority as an Economic Development Organization,
These are just a few of the controversies that Mr. Williams professionally managed to help our valley discuss, and quite candidly more fully understand the real issues.
While reading Mr. Williams’ weekly editorial, it was no different than listening to his opinion on the golf course. He was not shy to let you know where he stood, being very clear and articulate when delivering his opinion. Mr. Williams is one person for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect. His knowledge and the fact that as an Editor, he had to cover so many subjects and have a thorough understanding, is just amazing.
The High Desert region has dealt with multiple issues in the 27 years that I have resided here, and will probably go through many more in the future, but during the time we were able to have Mr. Steve Williams as our outstanding Opinion Editor, he was truly a gentleman, incredibly intelligent, telling you the way it was and always backing it up without any personal feelings or emotion.
We should all thank Mr. Steve Williams for the leadership that he brought and the many conversations that ensued when you picked up that Sunday morning edition, but then start to think a little differently by Monday morning.
Steve Williams – Thanks for the memories. I, like many others reading this today, are truly honored to have known you.
Joseph W. Brady, CCIM, SIOR
The Bradco Companies
Victor Valley Community College Board of Trustees