William “Billy” O’Connell was raised in Ireland. At 17 years old, he made the United States his home and got a job in construction. In his spare time, he volunteered as an advocate for people facing hardship.

Billy graduated from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York with a degree in Accounting in 1987.

In 1990, he became a deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. and was assigned to its prestigious gang enforcement unit. However, Billy’s desire to help people grew stronger and in 1998 he started the nonprofit called Colette’s Children’s Home (CCH).

As Founder and CEO of CCH, Billy has helped provide housing and supportive services to over 4,300 homeless women and children. He was instrumental in creating programs that empowered women to break the cycle of homelessness that they had been trapped in.

Billy knows that investing in people and changing lives builds a better community for the present and future generations. The best form of assistance is a good paying job, which benefits all.

The Huntington Beach City Council and Kiwanis Club have recognized Billy for his hard work and dedication to making a difference in the community.

He was appointed to the Huntington Beach Public Works Commission. As Acting Chair of the Public Works Commission, Billy worked to protect taxpayers’ money by ensuring all projects met deadlines and budgets.

Billy has been a resident of Huntington Beach for over 20 years and is an active member of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and the Roosters Club.

Billy has years of leadership and experience in identifying and solving issues in the community. He will work to bring in new development while creating and protecting jobs, the environment, and public safety.

He believes in being fiscally responsible and will bring that same taxpayer watchdog approach to the Huntington Beach City Council. Billy believes in a hand up and not a hand out. He also believes in a big tent and a big table approach where everyone is welcome to participate.