News release - 2/7/2012

Published 2/7/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Award announcement 
DATE/TIME February 7, 2012 
CONTACT Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager  / PIO
(805) 385-7631

(Oxnard, CA) Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams was selected from among hundreds of nominees as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women. Her selection was made public on January 12, 2012.
The Arizona Centennial Legacy Project: Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women partnered with the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Community Foundation. The idea was conceived as part of the centennial celebration marking the year Arizona became the 48th State. These women were selected for their efforts to enhance the lives of those in Arizona and the leadership they have exhibited in their lives and careers.
Chief Williams was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and spent 22 years as a member of the Phoenix Police Department. She was an assistant chief for Phoenix PD when the opportunity to compete for the Oxnard PD chief’s job came to her attention.

“I am blessed to be chief of police in a city where the partnership between public safety and the community is so strong,” said Chief Williams.  “I am very proud of the men and women at OPD who protect the residents and visitors in Oxnard… it’s a great place to be.”

Those selected include the chief presiding judge of the Phoenix municipal court; the first Republican female governor of the state; an author and founder of a leadership organization; and a children’s advocate. The women will be honored at an event in Phoenix in March and a coffee-table book, which includes their photos and biographies, is set to be published.
A special Legacy Legends category recognizing four honorees for their significant national influence and global impact includes Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.); Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.); and Grammy-winning recording artist Linda Ronstadt.
“I am honored and humbled being in the company of women who were trailblazers for others,” said Williams. “It is my hope and prayer that my efforts have made a difference in the lives of others.”


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