Chief of Police: Paul Williams

Paul F. Williams was sworn in as the Chief of Police for Springfield, Missouri on July 1, 2010. He retired in 2010 at the rank of Major from the Tulsa (OK) Police Department after 29 years of service.

In Springfield, Chief Williams immediately instituted a department wide philosophy of community based policing. Throughout his career he has embraced innovative concepts to improve service to citizens, as well as those that improve internal operations. He is adept at establishing community partnerships, and is known as a facilitator and consensus builder, enjoying the interaction between the police and citizens that helps forge a coactive environment to enhance public safety. He encourages open and honest communication to build and maintain trust within the police department, and has consistently worked with other agencies and elected officials to accomplish common goals.

Chief Williams holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern (OK) State University and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University. He graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2009 and is a graduate of the 207th Session of the FBI National Academy. He instructs criminal justice courses at Missouri State University and the University of Phoenix, is certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program, and is a state certified law enforcement instructor.

While in Tulsa he graduated from Leadership Tulsa (class 37) and was actively involved in the community. Chief Williams has continued his civic involvement in Springfield by serving on the board of directors for United Way of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Ozarks Fighting Back, and Code 3 Sertoma as well as volunteering for numerous advisory boards and councils, and coaching youth sports. He and his family are active members of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Chief Williams and his wife, Regina, have three children and one granddaughter.

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