Former district attorney receives award from Ozaukee Family Services


OZAUKEE FAMILY SERVICES presented Mark Williams (seond from left) with the Christine Mattingly Award, which is presented annually to an individual who makes significant contributions to the agency and its clients. With Williams were (from left) Kerry Mattingly, Colleen Mattingly Giorgi and Paul Mattingly.

Former Ozaukee County District Attorney Mark Williams has received the Christine Mattingly Award by Ozaukee Family Services.

The award is given annually to a person who makes significant contributions to Family Services and its clients.

Williams, who after leaving Ozaukee County became the head of homicide prosecutions for Milwaukee County for 32 years, said he began working with Family Services after retiring from office.

He needed something that would be “good for the soul,” Williams said.

“I repeatedly saw some of the most horrible things in the world. When I retired, I knew I wanted to do something to cleanse my soul from all the terrible things I had seen.”

He has been a volunteer driver for Ozaukee Family Services for five years.

“It is great,” Williams said. “I have met some of the most wonderful people in the world. I don’t look at it as a task or chore because I enjoy the time I spend with the clients. There is a purity in helping people.”

Family Services Executive Director Lisa Holtebeck said Williams “is always willing to help and often pitches in with last minute or difficult to fill requests, sometimes even driving several clients in the same day. He is kind, compassionate and extremely humble.”

The award is named for Christine Mattingly, a Mequon woman who was an employee and friend of Family Services who died in 1995. Before her death, she asked friends to ensure the agency would grow and be there for those needing assistance.

Ozaukee Family Services is seeking volunteer drivers. Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to call 376-7774.

In addition to helping senior citizens live independently, Family Services also offers affordable counseling for individuals, couples and families, parent education and support, support for families dealing with behavioral and mental health challenges, prevention education and support groups for children who have experienced death or divorce in their family.

The agency, which offers services for free or on a sliding fee scale, helped more than 7,200 people in 2019.

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