California police chief to become new Phoenix Police Department chief

Posted at 12:44 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 23:01:40-04

The police chief in Oxnard, CA is coming back home to the Valley, 

Jeri Williams, the current police chief of the Oxnard Police Department, is set to head the Phoenix Police Department as the new chief. 

According to her biography on the Oxnard police website, Williams has been with the California department since 2011.

Previously, she was with the Phoenix Police Department where she "rose through the ranks" and "earned the respect of her colleagues and the communities."

She retired as the Phoenix Police Department Assistant Chief of the Southern Division where she oversaw 1,000 civilian and sworn personnel. She spent 22 years with the Phoenix police force and started off as a trainee, then as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, commander and she ended her career as an assistant chief where she will now pick it back up again as the new chief effective in October. 

She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree, and then continued her education at Northern Arizona University where she completed both her master's and doctorate degrees.

Williams has been been married to her husband, Maricopa County Justice of the Peace Cody Williams for over two decades, he also served in the City of Phoenix Council. They have two sons, including Alan Williams who is a basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. 

Her full resume and biography are available here. She will be introduced as the new chief on Thursday in a new conference with city leaders.