After 40 years in law enforcement, Andalusia chief hanging up hi - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

After 40 years in law enforcement, Andalusia chief hanging up his badge

Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams is retiring after 40 years in law enforcement. Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams is retiring after 40 years in law enforcement.
ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) -

Boxing up memories and hanging it up, Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams has decided to retire. Williams is leaving behind decades worth of homicide investigations beginning in Mobile and now quietly leaving the top post in a small town.

The veteran lawman took a break from packing in his office and sat down with WSFA 12 News for what could be his final interview.

"I'm good with it. No issues. I won't rule out a return to law enforcement, but right now it's just time for me to go," said Williams, who is 65-years-old.

The chief takes pride for establishing what he considers a much higher standard for Andalusia police officers. Williams is also proud of the fact he helped get the police department's own Incident Response Vehicle, but that's not his crown jewel. That's located two miles away.

"This is one of the most proudest moments in my life," said Williams.

Williams is referring to the $1 million law enforcement training center, built and named after him three years ago. The center has classrooms, a firing range and Williams credits his wife for coming up with the idea of building an observation deck overlooking the grounds.

"It still hasn't sunk it yet, but I am just humbled by this," said Williams.

Back at headquarters Williams admitted to perhaps being a little too pushy when he was appointed chief shortly after Christmas in 2000.

"Some people say I am arrogant, but I tell them don't confuse arrogance with confidence. I need confident people around me to do their jobs," Williams explained.

For now, at least, Williams is walking away from a 40-year career in law enforcement with few regrets, walking away to begin a new season in his life.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Explosions ramp up at Kilauea's summit as ash clouds soar 11,000 feet

    Explosions ramp up at Kilauea's summit as ash clouds soar 11,000 feet

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:13 AM EDT2018-05-27 07:13:06 GMT
    Nearly continuous plumes of ash are pouring from Killauea's summit crater amid ongoing eruptions on the Big Island. (Image: USGS)Nearly continuous plumes of ash are pouring from Killauea's summit crater amid ongoing eruptions on the Big Island. (Image: USGS)

    A "nearly continuous" plume of gas and steam is pouring from Kilauea's summit crater amid ongoing explosive eruptions that are prompting ashfall warnings for downwind communities, officials said.

    More >>

    A "nearly continuous" plume of gas and steam is pouring from Kilauea's summit crater amid ongoing explosive eruptions that are prompting ashfall warnings for downwind communities, officials said.

    More >>
  • Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

    Oklahoma restaurant shooting victims recovering

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:03 AM EDT2018-05-26 08:03:40 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:11 AM EDT2018-05-27 07:11:58 GMT
    (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP). Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. A man armed with a pistol walked into Louie’s On The Lake restaurant at the dinner hour and ...(Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP). Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. A man armed with a pistol walked into Louie’s On The Lake restaurant at the dinner hour and ...
    Authorities say a Facebook page in which a man claims his television is possessed by the devil belongs to the man suspected of shooting three people at an Oklahoma City restaurant before being killed by two armed...More >>
    Authorities say a Facebook page in which a man claims his television is possessed by the devil belongs to the man suspected of shooting three people at an Oklahoma City restaurant before being killed by two armed bystanders.More >>
  • The Latest: Rep: "Hero teacher" released from hospital

    The Latest: Rep: "Hero teacher" released from hospital

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-26 14:46:33 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:11 AM EDT2018-05-27 07:11:22 GMT
    (Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP). Empty school buses leave after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., on Friday, May 25, 2018. A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school wounding another stu...(Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP). Empty school buses leave after a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., on Friday, May 25, 2018. A male student opened fire at the suburban Indianapolis school wounding another stu...

    The family of a student wounded during a school shooting in Indiana says she is in critical but stable condition.

    More >>

    The family of a student wounded during a school shooting in Indiana says she is in critical but stable condition.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly