Chief Jim Williams Bio

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Chief Williams commands the CCSO Investigations Department.      Chief Jim Williams

James (Jim) Richard Williams: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Virginia  Military Institute (VMI); Master of Arts, Education, James Madison University. 

Jim Williams served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1996; retiring in the grade of Colonel. His assignments included two combat tours of duty in Vietnam and tours in command, staff, education and training. From 1989 to 1991 and  1992 to 1996, he was the Deputy Inspector General of the Marine Corps and the  Secretary of the Navy’s Senior Investigator for Marine Corps matters. 

Chief Williams joined the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in June 1996. He attended  the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy, graduating with honors as the  Class President and was presented the Bennett Award for outstanding leadership.  Upon completion of the Collier County Sheriff's Office field-training program, he  attained his certification as a Law Enforcement Officer and began a second career.  

In January 1998, Jim assumed duties as the Inspector for the Sheriff’s Office, and in April 2000, the Sheriff promoted him to Captain and placed him in command of the  newly formed Professional Responsibility and Training Division.   He assumed his current duties as Chief of Investigations on January 10, 2006 and his responsibilities include: all criminal investigations, vice/narcotics, intelligence,  homeland security and liaison with federal agencies.  

Chief Williams and his wife reside in Collier County.