Sheriff Bill Wittman announced the retirement of Captain David Wayne Williams after a 35 year long career in law enforcement.
"David has been an integral part of this department since 1981. We wish him the best in his retirement" stated Sheriff Wittman.
Captain David Williams was originally hired as a Cadet by Sunnyvale Public Safety Department. Soon after, he attended and graduated from a California POST Basic Police Academy in October of 1975 which allowed him to be hired as a Public Safety Officer for Sunnyvale Police and Fire. On March 31, 1981 David Williams joined the ranks of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy II assigned to the Jail Division. He worked his way through a variety of assignments including Orosi and Headquarters Patrol, the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel Unit (STEP) and Detectives Unit.
In July of 1986 David was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained in the Detectives Unit. He later spent time in assignments at the Correctional Center, Personnel and Training Units.
Within one year and eight months, David was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. David’s assignments varied from Administration, Personnel and Training, Crimes Against Persons, Narcotics, Pixley Substation and Court Services.
David Williams was promoted to his current rank in December of 1998. He has spent the last twelve and one half years managing various divisions of the Department including Detentions Administration, Operations Administration and Investigations.
During David’s career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, he has received numerous commendations and awards. He has shown dedication not only through his work but also through his extracurricular activities. David has been a member of the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay Team since the Department’s second year of participation and has been a runner every year. He also attended flight school where he obtained his Commercial Instrument Multi-Engine Pilot’s License and has assisted with the purchase and utilization of the Sheriff’s Office planes. Captain David Williams will remain a Reserve Officer with the Department and assist with the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit as needed.
"We just don’t want to let him go. We are very lucky to have someone with the training and experience he has that wants to continue his involvement with this Department. We will keep him as long as we can." Said Sheriff Wittman.
Captain Williams will retire with a career that spanned three decades. His training includes aviation, Cal-ID, court security, investigation in homicides, officer involved shootings, sexual assaults, narcotics, and internal affairs. He has also attended specialized schools such as Flight School, FBI Academy, Tactical Command School, Command College, Human Resource Management, Financial and Training Managers seminars. He has obtained his POST Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Management Certificates. His expertise and training allowed him to coordinate several statewide Jail Managers Training Conferences and Statewide Narcotics Officer Update Conferences. David Williams is also a force behind the technological advances implemented throughout the department.
Captain David Williams is supported in his retirement by his wife Brenda, son Alex and his wife Virgina, son Mathew and his wife Amber and son Jess. He is also grandfather to Aliyah, Charlotte Nathan and Sadie.
Sheriff’ Bill Wittman offers his sincere congratulations and appreciation to the hard work and dedication Captain David Williams has given in his years of service to Tulare County.