Williams Police Department promotes sergeant, working to fill depleted ranks
The Williams Police Department will be promoting Sgt. Ed Anderson to the rank of lieutenant with the intention of grooming him for the permanent chief’s spot, Interim Chief Randy Ulibarri said at a city council meeting last week.
“Part of the duties and responsibilities I was tasked with when I was brought in as an interim chief is to not only assess the department, but also an assessment of Sgt. Anderson to see if he’s prepared to move up into the next ranks and the role of chief,” Ulibarri said. “I have been meeting with (Anderson), mentoring and coaching him on a regular, weekly basis, one-on-one. He has been responding well to the training… (and is) progressing at a great rate.”
Ulibarri announced that Anderson would be promoted to lieutenant in order to give him greater duties, responsibilities, and authorities as an opportunity for him to show continued progression.
“(We will) continue to progress his training so that at the end of my tenure here, he is ready to step up and become the next police chief of the Williams Police Department… Ed is doing a fantastic job, and if he keeps progressing at the rate he currently is, he should be ready to take over the reigns of this department in a few short months,” Ulibarri said.
Hiring efforts ongoing
When Ulibarri came on as the interim chief, he was tasked with hiring five officers to bring the department’s staff to full strength. At full staff, the department would operate with 10 officers. Currently, there are only five. No hires have been made yet, but that could change soon.
One job offer has been extended to an applicant who is currently attending the academy and scheduled to graduate on Dec. 9. The offer is pending a preemployment psychological and medical evaluation, Ulibarri said.
“Hopefully he’ll pass both of those and we will be hiring a new officer as soon as he graduates from the academy,” Ulibarri said.
In addition to that prospective officer, there are four additional candidates who are in the background process, along with two more who interviewed last week. Ulibarri said that the two interviewees will now move into the background process as well.
“The hiring process is continuing, and hopefully, within a short period of time, we’re going to see the fruits of all our labors,” Ulibarri said.
Mayor John Troughton said that he would like to see some veteran officers among the hires. ■