Chief Paul F. Williams


Chief Paul F. Williams was sworn in as the Chief of Police for Springfield, Missouri on July 1, 2010.  He came to Springfield after serving with the Tulsa Police Department, retiring at the rank of Major after 29 years of service. 

Williams holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern (Okla.) State University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University. He graduated from PERF’s 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, is certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program, and is a Missouri POST generalist instructor.

Williams currently serves on the boards of the following organizations: IACP Mid-Sized Agencies Section, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, United Way of the Ozarks, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Springfield-Greene County 911, Trunked Radio System, Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team, and the SW Missouri Police Chiefs Association. In 2014, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Williams to the Crime Laboratory Review Commission. The commission reviews the operations of crime laboratories in the state of Missouri that receive state-administered funding. Also, the IACP President appointed him to its executive board in 2014.  In addition, he also volunteers on numerous advisory boards and councils, and enjoys coaching youth sports. Williams and his wife, Regina, have three children and one granddaughter.