SAU to swear-in new police chief

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 07/18 2014 10:05AM

Updated 07/18 2014 10:12AM

Anthony Williams will soon be the new Police Chief at Southern Arkansas University.

The swearing-in ceremony will be take place at 1 p.m. Monday, July 21 at the SAU Reynolds Center Foundation Hall. The community is invited to attend in welcoming Williams.

Chief Williams comes to SAU with 30 years of law enforcement experience from the city of Dallas. From 1999 until just two days before starting at SAU, he worked as a lieutenant with the Dallas Police Department.  A part of his responsibilities included being commander of the evening shift for the Southwest Patrol Operation Divisions where he supervised a staff of 143 officers and civilian personnel.

Williams said, “I have been asked, ‘How do you transition from a big city department to a small city police force? I just answer, with a UHaul.”

Williams is also looking forward to the university environment as he has an advanced degree in education and is a former college professor. He earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. His Master’s thesis was entitled “Police and School Community Relations.”

During his first three months at SAU, Williams looks forward to getting his Arkansas police license through an accelerated academy program in East Camden, as well as going through Arkansas’ specialized chief training program.

Williams is a past vice president of the Texas Police Officer’s Association and a program advisory committee member for the Criminal Justice Program at ITT Technical Institute.  He has earned two Life-Saving Awards, Kids and Cops Award and an Excellence in Service Award for the City of Dallas.

Williams succeeds Eric Plummer who left the University for a similar position in North Dakota in Oct. 2012.   Since that time, Lt. Boyd Good has served as interim police chief.

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