Thoughts of a Common Man
By Charles R. Williams

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Charles R. Williams biography

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About Charles R. Williams


Charles R. Williams joined the U. S. Navy family in 1961. Over the last fifty years he has garnered experience in leadership and management. As a leader he took part in ship overhaul, material management, maintenance data collection, planned maintenance, and worked on the day to day military ship repair contracts.  Mr. Williams gained additional experience trouble shooting, documentation of developments and system development.  He accomplished four successful tours to South East Asia on search and rescue.


 In 1970 he was promoted to military police supervisor as he worked with some of the world's premier police departments on counter terrorism while developing new innovative means of fighting international crime. In addition, he acquired five years of military recruiting experience in South Central Los Angeles, integrating major organizations and Los Angeles city schools for the purpose of mentoring and tutoring. These skills have allowed him to build on his expertise in various areas such as public speaking and media presentation. After retirement, he entered small business consulting, and was employed in medical stationery engineering for the next twenty three years, after which he worked as a private consultant, and currently with the City and County of San Francisco.


Most recently, Mr. Williams has written the book "Thoughts of a Common Man" (https://www.facebook.com/thoughtsofacommonman?ref=hl) and now has a radio show that it's loosely based on called "Thoughts of a Common Man Radio" (https://www.facebook.com/thoughtsradio?ref=hl).


Future community works and goals:


Mr. Williams strives to  be an integral part in restoring a positive image to Oakland, improving public safety, and helping our young people make a future for themselves and not become an urban statistic.


His goal is to bring simple structure back to our beloved city of Oakland, by researching every complaint in its entirety as it relates to the Oakland Police Department. Hundreds of suits are filed every year against the Oakland City Police Department and millions of dollars are paid out without proper research and investigation. The community needs to know that it will take half the cost to prevent crime as it would to pay in compensation after the damage is done.  The day to day pressure for these Officers are tremendous.  In addition, our Officers are putting their lives on the line and are out-gunned and out-equipped by the street gangs and criminals.   The solution is to have on staff two hundred policemen and approximately a hundred and fifty to two hundred patrol observances from the long term unemployed. 


As far as the violence in the Oakland schools are concerned, he feels that it would be practical to put all the students in uniforms which would make it easy to identify them and at the same time establish  a policy for grooming. This change in the long term would ease the everyday financial pressure that is placed on the parents and allow them to invest more towards their children’s education. This change would also cut down on the showing of gang colors that are so prevalent throughout the school system.


He is also interested in creating more activities to occupy young peoples’ time such as professional development mentoring programs (i.e. Junior Achievement and MESA) and creating occupational skills centers, as well as safe recreational activities now offered through Leisure Services, Parks & Recreation, and various church groups.


Check back later for new updates.  There's much more to come!