Longtime Beaumont City Council Member "Get" Williams-Wright dies
Beaumont City Council woman Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright has died, according to another city council member.
We're told Williams-Wright died in her sleep overnight at CHRISTUS Hospital St. Elizabeth.
"It's a great loss to the citizens of Beaumont," says Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham.
According to the City of Beaumont, Williams-Wright "was first elected to Council in May of 2007, and has been elected as Mayor Pro-Tem by her Council colleagues two times during her tenure on City Council. Councilwoman Williams-Wright is an active member of the Texas Municipal League, National League of Cities, District 16 President, National Black Caucus-League of Elected Officials, and the National Democratic Municipal Officials."
Read more about her here.
Mayor Becky Ames released this statement to KFDM:
Get and I developed a strong working relationship over the last ten plus years that turned into a close personal friendship. We might not have always agreed on everything but we were able to move on to the next issue without allowing that to harm the personal relationship we had developed. Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen in politics. I trusted Get. She was a good friend to me on the City Council. We had a mutual respect for each other. It’s a sad day for Beaumont. Get truly cared about the people she served. I will greatly miss her. Beaumont will miss her. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her family and the many people that loved her. God bless her, may she Rest In Peace.
Beaumont city council members are also paying their respects to Williams-Wright.
"My condolences to the family of council member Gethrel "Get" Williams-Wright on her passing," says Councilman Mike Getz. "We were on opposite ends of the political spectrum but she was a good person and will be missed."