Politics & Government

9-year-old meets with Warner Robins mayor

WARNER ROBINS -- Getting peppered with a lot of questions isn’t always a fun time for Mayor Randy Toms, but he clearly enjoyed an interrogation Wednesday.

Toms met in his office with 9-year-old Brett Williams, who sought a meeting with the mayor so he could ask him a few things.

Reading off a list of questions from index cards, Brett asked Toms about his hobbies, his education, his responsibilities as mayor and why he decided to run for mayor, among other things.

When Brett asked him his biggest challenges as mayor, Toms gave a candid answer.

“Some of the decisions you make as mayor, some people are happy about them and some people are not,” Toms told him. “It upsets you when you can’t please everybody, but at some point you have to understand that you have to do the right thing.”

Brett’s grandfather, Robert Williams, said Brett’s interest in the mayor began when they attended a parade and the mayor, riding by on a float, spotted Williams in the crowd and called out his name. Williams said Toms is a longtime friend.

Brett was impressed his grandfather knew people in high places and decided he wanted to talk to the mayor himself. Williams asked Toms, and the mayor immediately agreed.

When the interview was done, Toms had high praise for his visitor.

“You are one of the most impressive young men I’ve ever been around in my life,” Toms said. “You are absolutely a delight to be around, ... and your questions are thought-provoking.”

Brett attends school at Christ United Methodist. His last request for the mayor was to ask him if he could pray with him. Toms, an ordained minister, said he would be delighted. He invited Brett to stand next to him, and listened as Brett prayed for the mayor and the city.

“What an incredible young man,” Toms said. “Your visit makes any of the bad things that I have to do very worthwhile.”

Brett was accompanied during his visit by his parents, Keith and Christy Williams, and other family members. Afterward, he said he wants to be a lawyer or a paramedic, like his dad. He said he enjoyed his visit with the mayor.

“I was a little nervous when I first got there,” he said.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.