The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts remain without a president and CEO five weeks after Yvonne Williams’ resignation. Meanwhile, Williams said her departure after 17 years heading the organization was her decision and not the PCIDs boards forcing her out.
“I guess maybe what I did is wear myself out with passion,” Williams said, also attributing her resignation partly to time demands of her daughter heading to college and her mother’s health issues.
“I just felt, with the intensity that was needed, it would be a good time to be involved, but at the level of CEO, I probably can’t be involved,” Williams said.
At the same time, Williams spoke of finding ways to “contribute” at the state or regional levels. And she touted the PCIDs’ Perimeter Connects commuting system and said she will attend the November groundbreaking for the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction, a project she advocated and for which she helped raise money.
The PCIDs are two jointly operated, self-taxing business districts in Perimeter Center. Williams resigned from their top staff position effective Sept. 2, but the PCIDs did not announce her departure for more than three weeks, and did not have a successor in place.
“Our two PCID boards are working on a timeline, and work continues every day on multiple projects, but nothing definitive has been released or posted as yet,” said PCIDs spokesperson Bill Crane.
Asked whether the PCIDs boards had forced her resignation for some reason, Williams said her departure involved “nothing” like that. While noting that “I built the thing from ground zero,” she added, “I have no regrets at the people” of the PCIDs.
As to the lack of a successor in place, Williams said, “I left it in great order… [I] left the organization with major capital investment in the bank,” as well as a successful audit.
“It’s been a great opportunity,” Williams said. “It’s not like it’s been a short stretch…If I’d been there 25 years, it would’ve been unbelievable.”
Williams took leadership at the PCIDs in 1999 and oversaw it through a period of explosive growth in Perimeter Center and the incorporation of three local cities: Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.