Paul F. Williams was sworn in as the Chief of Police for Springfield, Missouri, on July 1, 2010.
Chief Williams holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University. He graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2009 is a graduate of the 207th Session of the FBI National Academy and in 2019 completed the DOJ/FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar He instructs criminal justice courses at Missouri State University, was certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program and is a Missouri POST certified law enforcement instructor.
Chief Williams is a leader in the law enforcement community, serving on the Board of Directors the IACP, as the Immediate Past Chairman of the IACP Mid-Sized Agencies Division, a member of Missouri’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission, and as the Chief of Police representative on Missouri Crime Lab Review Commission.
In 2020 he was appointed by U. S. Attorney General Barr to co-chair the Grants Administration committee of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice and in 2021 was appointed to represent the IACP on the National Justice Counts steering committee. He previously served as President of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, and as chairman of the Missouri Police Chief’s Charitable Foundation. He was selected by his peers as the MPCA’s “Police Chief of the Year” in both 2015 and 2016.
Chief Williams is actively involved in the Springfield community, currently serving on the board of directors for Community Partnership of the Ozarks, as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Burrell Center for Behavioral Health, Vice Chair of the Family Justice Center Board, as immediate past Chair of the 911 Advisory Board, a member of the Trunked Radio System (TRS) Board is a member of Springfield Rotary-Downtown and served on numerous advisory boards and councils.
He was honored as one of SBJ’s “Men of the Year” in 2016. Chief Williams is married to Regina, and they have three children and one granddaughter. He and his family are members of Redeemer Lutheran Church.