Willie Akers is a well-known figure in Logan County, with his notoriety beginning with his ability as an athlete and coach, then his continuing public service.
A native of Mullens, W.Va., Akers holds bachelor’s (1960) and master’s (1966) degrees in education from West Virginia University. After playing professionally for two years with the ABA’s Cleveland Pipers, Akers coached at Logan High School and led the Wildcats to four Class AAA state championships (1964-77-78-83). His record at Logan was 402-116 (77.6%). He was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and to the Logan High School Hall of Fame in 1994.
His service at Logan High School lasted more than 20 years, as a physical education instructor, dean of boys and finally as assistant principal for 10 years. He spent the next 10 years serving as Logan County’s assistant superintendent of schools.
For the past 15 years, Akers has been a member of the Logan County Commission. He was appointed to fill a slot vacated by Charlie White, and has won two elections.
“It has been a pleasant 15 years. Danny Ellis, Danny Godby and I all get along. We were all athletes and we are not afraid to work hard. We have the same interests and are working toward the same goals. We have a great working relationship with all the other county officials. I was so honored to have the Logan County officials with me this morning when I filed to run,” said Akers.
In the spring of 2013, Akers was seriously injured after falling at the Charleston Civic Center back in February 2013. He broke his C6 vertebra and has had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation.He says he is feeling great and has made a nearly complete recovery. He is working at the Logan County Commission office every day and drives there himself.
“I am doing great. I have completely recovered, except for a little paralysis in one foot and one hand. I completed rehabilitation in the hospital. I got back from Atlanta in May and now I’m here in the office nearly every day and do rehab on my own at the Chief Logan Recreation Center.”
Akers says he believes the future is bright for Logan County and he is looking forward to working with his fellow commissioners and officials to continue work on projects that will help the people in Logan County.
“We are continuing to make headway on the dilapidated building project with Ray Perry and others. That project is important to everyone. We will continue to support programs for our senior citizens and youth. Logan County is in good financial condition and we will monitor that and work through this coal crisis.We are still producing coal and are hoping to see things turn around.”
W.Va. State Senator Art Kirkendoll was among the officials present when Akers filed to run for re-election and had this to say, “I am pleased Mr. Akers had announced his re-election bid because I know his passion for the people of Logan County and its children. With him in office, we will continue to see unparalleled progress.”