Williams Police Chief resigns amid controversy 

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Williams Police Chief Ed Anderson resigned as the department’s top cop on Monday, officially stepping away from the position he has held for two years. 

Anderson was officially sworn in as the Chief of Police in the City of Williams in February 2017, having been groomed for the position by former Interim Chief Randy Ulibarri. Anderson had been promoted from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant in November of 2016. 

Anderson and three other Williams PD staffers have been embroiled in an internal affairs investigation since January, after City Administrator Frank Kennedy placed him, Sgt. Steve Woldanski, and records technician Eileen Niblack on administrative leave. 

A fourth member of the department, K-9 handler Sgt. Jennifer Parker, was placed on administrative leave a few weeks later.  

City officials have been mum on the internal affairs investigation, citing employee confidentially. 

Kennedy would say only that Anderson cited “personal reasons” as the motivation for his departure. 

Kennedy said he is actively recruiting police staff, and has an idea who he would like at the helm, which could mean the position could be filled in as much time as it takes to complete a background check. 

Meanwhile, Kennedy said the investigation will likely continue for a few more weeks, with Woldanski, Niblack, and Parker remaining on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.  

Investigator Chris Miller is currently the officer in charge of the department. ■

Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net