The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced that they have selected Jonathan S. Williams as the next Court Administrator of the Trial Court. Mr. Williams succeeds Harry Spence, who will retire on April 17, after serving a five-year term as the first Court Administrator.\n\n\u0022The Justices are pleased to welcome Jon Williams, who will bring to his new position an extensive record of accomplishments in public sector management and a depth of experience in court administration,\u0022 said Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants. \u0022We are confident that Jon will be able to continue and build upon the progress made in the last five years under his predecessor Harry Spence. Harry has brought the Trial Court through a time of great growth and change, and we thank him for his exceptional service.\u0022\n\nJon Williams most recently has served as Senior Deputy Director in the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, where he supervised operations for the Judicial Branch, including technology, finance and general services. He was appointed by North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin to serve as the Chief Reporter to the Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, a 65 member multidisciplinary group tasked to make broad recommendations for court reform in North Carolina. As Chief Reporter, Williams helped secure funding and structured the overall work of the Commission from its inception to its delivery of the final report in March 2017.\u00a0\n\nBefore working for the court system, Williams was Assistant Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Prior to that, he spent ten years working for the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, after spending eight years as an attorney in private practice.\n\nThe Massachusetts Trial Court Administrator is the administrative head of the Trial Court, charged with providing effective, timely and innovative support to judges, clerks, probation officers and staff. \u00a0Working together with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court, the Court Administrator is responsible for shaping administrative functions that support the Trial Court\u2019s delivery of justice to the people of Massachusetts. Duties include budget preparation and oversight, labor relations, information technology, capital projects, security and personnel policy.\n\n\u0022The Trial Court is in the midst of an exciting period of renewal,\u201d said Williams, \u201cI look forward to joining Chief Justice Paula Carey in these ambitious efforts and supporting a culture of continuous improvement in all we do.\u0022\n\n\u0022With the hard work and dedication of those who work in the Trial Court, we have made great strides in streamlining our operations and modernizing our systems,\u0022 said Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey. \u0022I am confident that Jon Williams and I will work together to continue to expand capabilities and efficiencies through technology, improving operations and enhancing the delivery of justice.\u0022\n\nThe position of Court Administrator for the Massachusetts Trial Court was created by court management legislation enacted in 2011. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 379 judges and about 6,300 employees who deliver justice in 101 courthouses across the state.