Crystal Williams Elected Legislative Chairwoman

History Made


Several women have served on the Jackson County Legislature since it was first formed in 1973, but none has every been chosen by her peers to serve as the Legislative Chair -- until now. During their first meeting of the new year, the county's Legislators unanimously elected Crystal Williams (2nd District At-Large) to serve as the body's chairwoman for 2016.

"We just made history today," Williams said moments after Legislator Dan Tarwater III (4th District) handed her the chairperson's gavel. "Never before has the Legislature had a woman as chair, let alone a woman as chair and vice chair.

The Legislature also unanimously selected Theresa Galvin (6th District) to serve as the vice chairwoman.

"Theresa and I intend to continue working to improve services for all our constituents and to support the work of Jackson County's employees," said Williams.

Legisaltive ChairwomanTheresa Galvin (left) and Crystal Williams
Williams was first elected to the County Legislature in 2010, then re-elected in 2014. Galvin just completed her first year in office after being elected to represent the 6th District in 2014.
"I am very, very honored to be the first woman elected chair," Williams said. "There have been a lot of great women serve on this body. I feel like I'm representing all of them."

Since becoming a County Legislator, Williams has focused on the responsiveness of county services and budget issues. She has sponsored legislation to address budget transparency, to ensure fairness in county parks and housing for LGBTQ constituents, and to limit the proliferation of predatory lending businesses. Furthermore, she has helped lead the county's development of a Minority- and Women-Owned Business contracting policy.

Previously, Williams has chaired the County Legislature's Budget, Health and Environment, and Intergovermental Affairs Committees. She served as the Legislative Vice Chairwoman in 2015.

Last year, Galvin chaired one committee -- Intergovernmental Affairs -- and served on three others: Anti-Drug, Land Use and Public Works. 
"First, I just want to congratulate Crystal," Galvin said. "I know she'll work hard for everyone who lives in and works for Jackson County."

She added, "I also appreciate the faith my peers on the Legislature are showing in me after just one year. They know I'll do all I can to support the good work the county is doing and to continue seeking opportunities for improvements."

Galvin has 30 years of experience in business management. She currently manages the sister companies Tex Plastering, Inc. and Advanced Plastering Systems, Inc. She is a member of the American Legion Post 21 the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5789 and Lee's Summit and Raytown Chambers of Commerce.