Bates named Director
by Ron Gregory
Huntington – Mayor Steve Williams announced today that he has named former Huntington City Council Chairman Mark Bates as the City of Huntington’s Director of Council and Constituent Engagement.
Under the new position, which was proposed by Williams and approved by Huntington City Council in December, Bates will serve as the primary staff contact for citizens with complaints, inquiries and requests for service. He will also engage City Council members in identifying and addressing the needs of the city and serving as a liaison between members of Williams’ administration and City Council members in resolving constituent complaints.
In addition, Bates will spearhead implementation of a citizen request management system, commonly known as a 311 system, that will streamline citizens’ requests for service and make the process of fulfilling those requests more efficient for city employees.
“First, I would like to thank Mayor Williams for his trust in me to perform the duties of Director of Council and Constituent Engagement,” Bates said. “I have a long record of serving our citizens as a city councilman and chairman. While this is a different role, I will work with the new City Council and their constituents to provide the most efficient and effective means of handling their concerns.”
Bates was elected to three consecutive four-year terms as the District Six representative on Huntington City Council. He was first elected in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He served as chairman of City Council for nine of his 12 years on the governing body.
The new Director was term-limited from seeking re-election to city council in 2020. He ran, instead, for House of Delegates where he was narrowly defeated.
A successful Huntington businessman, Bates served and ran as a Republican but gained a reputation for his bipartisan leadership while on council.