Paul F. Williams

Police Department
Title: Chief of Police
Phone: 417-864-1780
Chief Paul F. Williams

Chief Paul F. Williams was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the City of Springfield, Missouri on July 1, 2010. He began his law enforcement career in 1981 with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department, retiring at the rank of Major after 29 years of service. Chief Williams holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern (OK) State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University. He is a graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police-Class 35 and a graduate of the FBI National Academy-207th Session.

He instructs criminal justice courses at Missouri State University and is a Missouri POST generalist instructor. Previously he taught criminal justice courses for the University of Phoenix, served as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program, and was an Oklahoma CLEET instructor. Chief Williams currently serves in leadership roles with the following organizations: Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST)-Chairman, IACP-Board of Directors; Springfield-Greene County 911 Board-Chairman, Trunked Radio System Board-Secretary, Community Partnership of the Ozarks-Board of Directors, Burrell Behavioral Health-Vice Chairman of Board of Directors, Missouri Crime Lab Review Commission-member, Kickapoo High School Soccer Booster Club-President, as well as a volunteer on numerous advisory boards and councils.

 Chief Williams was honored as Missouri’s Police Chief of the Year in 2015, and as one of Springfield's Men of the Year in 2016. He is member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and he and his wife, Regina, have three children and one granddaughter. 

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