Mayor Steve Williams was elected as Huntington, West Virginia’s 47th mayor on Nov. 6, 2012. Under Williams’ leadership, Huntington was named the $3 million grand prize winner of the America’s Best Communities competition in April 2017. This nationwide contest sponsored by Frontier Communications aimed to spur economic development in small communities. More than 350 communities entered. Huntington has also gained national recognition for the establishment of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The Office has formed several partnerships in developing a harm reduction program and has focused on reducing drug trafficking and related crime while promoting prevention and treatment options. In March 2016, Williams was named to a joint task force of the National League of Cities and National Association of Counties to address the opioid epidemic.