Williams finds work rewarding

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 19, 2007

WINDSOR – Lindora Bond Williams has a professional resume that includes 15 years of service to the people of Bertie County.

On March 14, Judicial District 6B Chief Judge Alfred W. Kwasikpui honored Williams for completion of her tenth year of service as a Bertie County Magistrate.

“The best part, I believe, is serving the people,” Williams said of her role. “I especially like performing marriage ceremonies.”

Williams said she does between seven to 12 ceremonies each year and that she finds that part of the job particularly rewarding.

A graduate of Bertie County Schools, Williams went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabeth City State University.

Upon returning to her home, she took a job as a telecommunicator in the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office. She was later promoted to Deputy by now retired Sheriff J. Wallace Perry.

After five years in the sheriff’s office, she was promoted to magistrate, a job she admits that she enjoys and gives her best each day.

“You’re dealing with the public,” she said. “You try to serve the public to the best of your ability.”

While stressing her enjoyment of the job, Williams said the worst part of her charge is dealing with domestic situations, especially those that involve children.

The largest bond she ever set was $1 million in a case that involved assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill and kidnapping.

While she does remember having to set the bond, Williams stressed that those types of cases were rare in Bertie County.

Also as part of her job, Williams routinely presides over Small Claims Court. That court hears lawsuits for amounts less than $5,000.

According to Williams, most people in the court represent themselves and are attempting to get money or property returned to them.

“Most people just want to be heard,” she said. “Whether they win the case or not, they want someone to hear them.”

As she looks to the future, Williams insisted she had no intention of leaving her current job.

“They’ll have to drag me out of here,” she joked. “Seriously, though, I plan to retire from this job.”

Williams, who resides in Aulander, has one grown son, Kendall Williams.