Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri L. Williams is a 28-year law enforcement veteran. She currently leads the largest police agency in the State of Arizona, which is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the sixth largest city in the United States. She oversees a staff of nearly 4,000 employees and manages an annual operating budget in excess of $600 million. Chief Williams is a native Phoenician, who began her law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department. During her 22-year tenure, she worked in nearly all divisions of the department and rose quickly through the ranks. She retired as an Assistant Chief in 2011, after being selected to serve as the Police Chief for the city of Oxnard, California. During her five-year tenure in California, Chief Williams successfully advanced police-community relations through her strong leadership skills and her commitment to community policing principles. Chief Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP).