May 28, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Paul Williams Named Police Chief

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The City of Springfield is pleased to announce the selection of Paul F. Williams as the next Chief of the Springfield Police Department.

Williams is currently a Major with the Tulsa Police Department, where he has worked for more than 28 years. He has more than 20 years of supervisory experience and has served throughout the ranks of the Tulsa Police Department in patrol, investigative, and administrative assignments.

“Paul is a good fit for Springfield, and I’m convinced he will be a great Police Chief. His focus on public safety, planning, customer service, and leadership development are on target,” said City Manager Greg Burris, who selected Williams after interviewing four finalists this week. “Paul is held in very high regard within the Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa community, and I anticipate he will hit the ground running. He arrives with lots of ideas. Tulsa’s loss is Springfield’s gain.”

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 the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2009 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Phoenix; is certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program; and has been a state-certified law enforcement instructor since 1983. Williams, 49, is married with three children.

Base salary for the new Police Chief will be $110,968. His anticipated start date is July 1, 2010. Like all new Police and Fire department hires in Springfield, Williams will be eligible for enrollment in the statewide LAGERS retirement plan.

The Police Chief selection process began in December with an eight-member search committee chaired by Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley. The other members are:

Following a nationwide search, the committee found 64 who met the minimum qualifications for the position. The committee then conducted phone interviews, did basic background checks, and held extensive discussion before selecting four finalists to bring to Springfield May 23-25.

Once in Springfield, the finalists met with the media, the public, Police Department employees, members of the City Leadership Team, and members of the search committee. The finalists each participated in exercises, including a mock news conference. City Manager Greg Burris conducted two one-on-one interviews with each candidate. Before making his choice, Burris fully reviewed the final recommendations from the search committee, comments from Police Department employees, and comments from the Leadership Team. Burris also was present during a candidate news conference with local media and a public meet-and-greet session with the candidates. Additionally, Quigley traveled to Tulsa to conduct in-person background and reference checks there.

“The search process was conducted with the help of some very knowledgeable and highly-trusted members of the community,” Burris said. “It was conducted with openness, fairness and integrity. I think the result bears out that the process works. I want to again thank the members of the search committee and the public who lent their time and expertise to this process.”

For more information, contact: City Manager Greg Burris, (417) 864-1006; or Mike Brothers, Co-Interim Director of Public Information, (417) 864-1119.

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