433 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
William Joseph Leon Crisp
Council Member District 6
3804 Sunchase Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306
William (Bill) J. L. Crisp was elected to his first term on the Fayetteville City Council as District 6 representative on November 6, 2007. Bill is fully retired from the Army and the retail automobile industry.
Bill was born in Raleigh and grew up primarily in Baltimore, Md., where he entered the United States Army in 1960. He served in an Infantry Rifle Company in Korea, the I Corps Ceremonial Honor Guard, Korea and the United States Army Infantry Center Honor Guard, Fort Benning, Ga. Bill steadily advanced in rank and progressive assignments, which included instructor duty in a Noncommissioned Officer Academy and as an administrative assistant, Reserve Officer Training Corps, at Pennsylvania State University.
Bill served in Vietnam and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Additional assignments included postings with the John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance (Airborne) Fort Bragg, and almost five years in the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium, where he attended the University of Maryland, European Division. He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and also served at the highest level in the military with the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Plans and Policy) in the Pentagon.
Bill retired from active service in the rank of Command Sergeant Major and is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, which include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals, the Expert Infantry Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
Bill is a lay speaker and has spoken extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He is very proud to have delivered the Baccalaureate Address to his twins' graduating class in 1985 in Mannheim, Germany. Bill is a member of the masonic fraternity. He strongly believes in charitable endeavors and is proud that, while in Belgium, he worked tirelessly to financially support a home and school for the blind and was instrumental in purchasing and training a "seeing-eye dog" that enabled a disabled person to become gainfully employed. He has received numerous awards and citations for community service and is a recipient of the Governor's Citation for community involvement from the Governor of Maryland.
Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Joan Sevilla (Boyd) Crisp, for 51 years and they have four adult children, William L., Sylvia D., Sonja E. and Winston B. Sonja and Winston are twins. He and Joan are members of Galatia Presbyterian Church.