KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Randy Williams has been appointed tribal administrator of the Ketchikan Indian Community, according to an announcement from the KIC Tribal Council.

The appointment of Williams, who previously served as vice president of the KIC Tribal Council, was effective on Sept. 27.

“I’m pleased to have this opportunity to serve our Tribal Members,” Williams said in the announcement. “I will strive to preserve our traditional way of life by protecting our natural resources, providing the best health care for our Tribal members, honoring our Elders and Veterans, advocating for positive economic development, and supporting the creation of employment opportunities and annual monetary dividends for our members.”

A Tlingit born in Ketchikan, Williams graduated from Dartmouth College and was a commercial fisherman in Ketchikan and Klawock, according to KIC information. He has worked for KIC as director of higher education and “638’ contracts, and also for the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes.

Williams has served as CEO of the Colville Tribal Enterprise Corp., and managed tribal casinos in the Lower 48, according to KIC information. In addition, Williams has owned and operated the Four Winds Qw’aan management and consulting company, two card rooms in Washington state and UPS store.

Williams also serves as president of the Natives Without Land group that supports federal legislation introduced earlier this year by Rep. Don Young that would allow the Native communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee and Haines to establish urban corporations and receive land entitlements under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, according to the KIC announcement.

Williams replaces Charles White, who served two years as tribal administrator of the federally recognized tribe that has more than 6,000 tribal citizens.