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The city of Rocky Mount has announced the appointment of Willie R. Williams as interim police chief, effective Dec. 12, 2017. Williams was chosen after Chief James Moore announced his retirement. Williams, a three-time police chief, will serve in an interim capacity until a permanent replacement is named.
Most recently, Williams worked as chief of Police for North Carolina Central University (NCCU). He retired from the school in 2013 after seven years of dedicated service. Under his leadership, the NCCU Police Department was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. During his tenure at the university, Williams also collaborated with his team to develop the department as a High Performing Agency, providing courteous, flexible and effective policing services to the community. An industry expert on management and leadership, Williams is an advocate for community policing and implemented the Community Based Policing Model as chief of Police for the city of Wilson. Williams worked in this capacity for six years.
He is also known in the city of Petersburg, Va. where he served as the police chief for three years before returning home. Williams also worked as a major for many years for the city of Rocky Mount before working in Petersburg, Va. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Education from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is also a graduate of the FBI Academy (129th session), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Training Program, the Southern Police Institute and the Municipal/County School of Government program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Williams is currently a senior consultant with Developmental Associates and provides leadership training to new police chiefs through the Southeastern Community Oriented Policing Education Institute (SCOPE) at the University of Tennessee. Williams has received over 75 awards and honors for professional and community related achievements, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from former Governor Beverly Purdue.
“We look forward to welcoming Chief Willie Williams to the Rocky Mount Police Department during this transitional period,” says City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. “I am especially excited about the chief’s community policing efforts, his many years of experience in comparable communities and the educational attributes he brings to our organization.”
Chief Moore’s retirement is not effective until Jan. 1, 2017. He will aid Williams during the transition. Williams will be sworn in at the Dec. 11, 2017 council meeting. His salary will be $5,408.42 bi-weekly. Small-Toney will also continue the search for a permanent police chief and for the executive search firm that will assist in the appointment of the next chief of Police for the city of Rocky Mount.
Since Sheriff Clee Atkinson was appointed Sheriff he should consider applying for the Chief of Police in Rocky Mount since he lives in the city limits and has been for almost 20 years. I feel strongly that he would do a great job. He has been involved in gang/drug activity over the years so he would come in with much expertise. Although I would hate to see him not become elected as Sheriff, I feel he would be what Rocky Mount need at this time with his compassion for law enforcement.
I would say this would be good for Rocky Mount and Sheriff Atkinson. Sheriff Atkinson ties to the State Highway Patrol, Edgecombe County Sheriff Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department to me would be great.
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Please tell me what you think about Mayor Combs response? Does the mayor’s statement speak to the issue that is being raised by the citizens and others?
In reference to recent reports about the police stats, please see the full statement provided by Mayor David Combs:
“In reference to shooting into an occupied dwelling, the Rocky Mount Police Department does not follow the N.C. State General Statute when submitting information to the SBI for reporting purposes. Cases, however, are prosecuted according to the statutes. The police department utilizes the State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Incident Based Reporting Data Collection guidelines which adheres to federal criteria and not the state statute.
In 2013, the police department invited the FBI in for an opportunity to review the city’s coding system. To maintain the public’s trust, the city will invite the agency back to further review the coding system, and we will make any necessary changes.”
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