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Chief Jeri Williams on Being the First Female Police Chief in Phoenix

Posted at 5:11 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 11:30:34-04

The leader of the police department in the valley of the sun is as humble as they come. “I don’t look at myself as the female Police Chief, I am the Police Chief of Phoenix who just happens to be a woman of color and a female Police Chief”, said Police Chief Jeri Williams.

The native Phoenician can teach a master class on juggling family life and career.

“I could chuckle and cry at the same time, crying because I lost so much time when my kids were younger. There were training opportunities and different job assignments that I probably could have taken care of, but I didn’t want to miss time with my kids”, says Chief Williams.

When Chief Williams is not helping to protect more than a million people, what does she do to unwind? Bake! A couple of months ago she made her husband, Cody a vanilla cream frosting cake and challenged our reporter J Russell to a baking contest. We’ll see who wins when that time comes, but early numbers show that J will have his hands full.