Fulton County community mourning loss of former judge, hospital CEO

Photos: Charles Willett. Photos: Courtesy Areawide Media

The Fulton County community is mourning the loss of former county judge and hospital CEO Charles Willett.

Areawide Media reports the longtime servant of Fulton County died March 5 after a lengthy hospital stay and battle with COVID-19.

The former county judge shortened his term to join Fulton County Hospital as its CEO. He served approximately eight years as county judge and five years as administrator of the local hospital.

During his time as judge, he led the county and the quorum court in securing $1.5 million to build the new jail. The discussion for a new jail began in 2009 with then sheriff Buck Foley.

An election for the jail was held in 2010 leading to its approval and in 2011, an ordinance was passed to support the plan for the new jail. Willett was also at the helm of county governmente during the inception/construction of the Fulton County Athletic Complex.

During the summer of 2013, Willett resigned from his post as county judge to accept the administrator/CEO position at Fulton County Hospital (FCH). He oversaw many projects during his time at FCH, including the implementation of the patient portal system and upgrading the inpatient wing. During his tenure at FCH, the hospital was recognized as a Silver Quality Excellence Award winner.

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