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Paul F. Williams began his law enforcement career in 1981 and has over 35 years of law enforcement experience including 6 years as the Chief of Police for Springfield, Missouri. He previously served with the Tulsa Police Department for over 29 years, retiring at the rank of Major.
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 is a graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police-Class 35 and a graduate of the FBI National Academy-207th Session. He currently instructs criminal justice courses at Missouri State University, taught for 8 years at the University of Phoenix, previously served as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program, was an Oklahoma CLEET instructor and is a Missouri POST generalist instructor.
Chief Williams currently serves the following organizations: Missouri Police Chief’s Association-President, IACP-Executive Board as Mid-Sized Agencies Division-Chairman, Springfield-Greene County 911 Board-member, Trunked Radio System-board secretary, United Way of the Ozarks-Immediate Past Board Chairman, Community Partnership of the Ozarks-board member, Burrell Behavioral Health-board member, as well as a volunteer on numerous advisory boards and councils. Chief Williams is a gubernatorial appointee and member of both the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) and the Missouri Crime Lab Review Commission.
Chief Williams was honored as Missouri’s Police Chief of the Year in 2015, and as one of Springfield Business Journal’s Men of the Year in 2016. He is an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and he and his wife, Regina, have three children and one granddaughter.