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A-14From Page A-1 THH CINCINNATI FNQUIRER Thursday, June U. HSS F Williams likes to help people Bengals veteran involved in numerous civic groups, charities BY J. FRAZIER SMITH Thi' Cmi innati Enquirer Ki'ie Williams will bring intelligence and a zeal for helping people to Cincinnati City Council, friends and associates outside the football world said Wednesday. The Cincinnati Bengals veteran was named Wednesday to replace Arn Bortz, who quit council Tuesday after nine years in office. Iortz said he personally chose Williams to replace him as a Charter member of council. The 12-year National Fixrtball League player's list of involvement with local and national civic organizations and charities testify to his commitment to community, those friends say. Williams, a 33-year-old Flint, Mich., native who successfully overcame a childhood speech and hearing deficiency, unabashedly trumpets his goal to be a community servant and a role model for youth. "There shouldn't be that big a gulf between council and community," Williams said of his qualifications to be a member of council. No matter how complex the issue, he said, "the caring part of Reggie Williams will come through in City Hall." His associates in Cincinnati echo that sentiment. "Reggie has an enthusiasm for helping people and leading, which he has demonstrated very well at United Way," said Dick Aft, president of the Cincinnati office. "He Resume: Reggie Williams among 10 Outstanding Young Americans cited by the U.S. Jay-cees in 1987; NFL Man of the Year, 1986; Bengals' Man of the Year, 1982-86, for community accomplishments; winner, Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award from NFL Players Association, 1985 OTHER ACTIVITIES: Founder and coordinator of the Reggie Williams Fund, which has developed leadership programs and scholarships for Cincinnati-area youth since 1982; Cincinnati Speech and Hearing Center, United Appeal, Just Say No Foundation, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the American Cancer Society, Cerebral Palsy, the American Red Cross, Outward Bound and the Joy Outdoor Education Center for youth. AGE: 33 RESIDENCE: Clifton FAMILY: Wife, Marianna; sons, Julian, 5, Jaren, 4 EDUCATION: Dartmouth College, 1976 OCCUPATION: Linebacker for Cincinnati Bengals since 1976 MEMBERSHIPS: Trustee, the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau; member, Greater Cincinnati Sports Council; trustee, United Way board; national chairman for youth involvement with United Way of America, since 1987; appointed to the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America. HONORS: Among eight to receive Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Awards in 1987, given to athletes who help others; has been an active spokesman for youth." Williams has been on the United Way board since March, 1987. "I think he has the intelligence and the motivation" to be an excellent member of council, said veteran Charterite Ted Berry, a former Cincinnati councilman and mayor. Retired businessman and former council Charter candidate Robert Conway, the man mentioned with Williams as a possible replacement for Bortz, said he thinks Williams is likely to be mayor someday. "It makes sense for so many good reasons," Conway said of Williams' selection. "I think he's a leader with a lot of potential." That potential is why the Bengals are backing Williams in his new career and cooperating in his council work, said Mike Brown, Bengals' assistant general manager and legal counsel. "If you're a 12-year player, you merit a little special treatment," Brown said. Quinn CONTINUED FROM PAGE A-1 certainly considered it," she said. Quinn announced her resignation in a letter addressed to Bortz, Councilwoman Bobbie Sterne and Charter co-chairmen Jim Mahon and Bob Conway. Quinn, a former Sterne campaign manager, said she was told by Bortz June 7 that Charter planned to appoint Williams. The decision had been made months earlier. "How disappointing, deceitful and demeaning to learn of this decision months after it was made," Quinn said in her letter, dated Tuesday. "Since none of you ever afforded me the minimal courtesy of asking my interest in the ap pointment, let alone running again, I can only conclude that you did not want to know what I thought." In the letter, Quinn told the four' Charterites that she had expected courtesy and consideration from them after 17 years of serving as Charter president, raising money and working on campaigns. During a period in the early 1980s when she was working as a lawyer in St. Louis, Quinn said, she flew back to Cincinnati on weekends to work for Charter candidates. Bortz said Wednesday that while he was disappointed that Quinn was quitting Charter, other former Charter presidents and board members also had not been told that Williams would get the appointment. Bortz said only a small group of Charter officials had known for the past several months that he was leaving and that Williams had been recruited to replace him. "I think Reggie was the best choice for council and for keeping the council seat," Bortz said. "None of us is entitled to expect that we are going to know everything that is going on in the party. In situations like this, survival of the party is the first priority." Charter executive directpr Margaret Hulbert said Wednesday that Quinn would make "a wonderful council member." But, Hulbert said, "leaders of political organizations have to make difficult decisions based on the good of their organizations and that of the people of Cincinnati. "She will be missed in our organization, but our decision was a good one." Council CONTINUED FROM PAGE A-1 said with a laugh. Williams, who has one season remaining on his contract with the Hengals, said he had not made up his mind about whether he will retire from football after the 1988 season. Charter Party officials said they chose Williams to replace Bortz because they thought that he could be elected on his own in the 1989 council elections and because of his reputation for community service. Williams said his first priority as councilman would be to listen and learn. "I think it would be a little premature for me to come and espouse an agenda," he said. "There is much to learn." Among issues he is likely to take an interest in, Williams said, are drug abuse, health and urban development. Williams said he had been offered spots on council slates in recent years by both the Republicans and Democrats. He chose the Charter Committee because it "believes the way I do in non-partisan local government, in what is best for the city." While he has been courted by the political parties in the past, Williams said he had been reluctant to become directly involved in campaigns. "As a football player, I was sometimes reluctant to get involved in partisan issues," Williams said. "Our fans can be Republicans or Democrats. You just want them to cheer loud on Sunday." City Council has been involved in disputes with the Bengals and the Reds about the use of Riverfront Stadium, which the city owns and leases to the sports franchises. Williams said he is aware that he might have a conflict of interest on such issues and would abstain from voting on them. Williams becomes the second black on the council. He joins Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell. Based on the population of the city, council should have at least three blacks to be representative, Williams said. The consensus among politicians of all parties Wednesday seemed to ,be that Williams' appointment was a shot in the arm for Charter. 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