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William J. Harkins, Jr.
William J. Harkins, Jr.
Executive Director of Public Services

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Bill Harkins is currently the Executive Director of Public Services for the City of Mobile, Al. He was appointed to this position by Mayor Sandy Stimpson in 2014.

As Executive Director of Public Works, Bill ensures all departments under him (Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Equipment Services, Traffic Engineer, Electrical Department and Keep Mobile Beautiful) strive to ensure Mobile is the safest and most business and family friendly City in America by 2020. He transitioned to this role after having served the City of Mobile as the CitiSmart Coordinator from 2006 - 2014 where he oversaw the performance measurement of all departments in the City.

Bill grew up in Mobile, attending St. Dominic's grade school, Davidson High School and receiving a BS from the University of South Alabama before being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 1985. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, earning a Master of Public Administration degree in 1997 and earned a Master of Theological Studies degree from Spring Hill College in 2012.

He began his Marine Corps career by enlisting in the Reserves in1983. After twenty-one years of active duty, Bill retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006. Most of his Marine career was spent working as a Military Police Officer at Marine Corps Bases throughout the United States and overseas. Bill has led as many as 300 Marines in providing security for the Marines and families who lived and worked on these bases. He developed his analysis, planning and presentation skills as the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer for the Commanding General of all Marines in the Far East during the US response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In 2004 and 2005, he served a tour in Paktika Province, Afghanistan as the Commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Sharana.

Bill has received letters and certificates of appreciation from government and civic organizations in Japan, Thailand, Australia, Afghanistan and the United States.

His military awards include the Bronze Star, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Bill is involved in many church groups. He has had several articles published in nationally distributed magazines on topics such as training, coping with stress, prayer and working with unfamiliar cultures. He is a graduate of Leadership Mobile class of 2008.

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