This just hit the email boxes at UGA:
FROM: Ryan Nesbit, Vice President for Finance and Administration
RE: Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police, announces plans to retire on June 30, 2018
Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police of the University of Georgia Police Department, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2018.
Chief Williamson’s career in law enforcement spans over 30 years, starting at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in 1985. Since 1988, he has served with the University of Georgia Police Department, except for a brief departure in 1993 to serve as the Public Safety Director at Middle Georgia College before returning to UGA in 1994 as Captain. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1996 and then to Chief of Police in 2004. Jimmy has worked in many areas of law enforcement, from patrol to investigations. His accomplishments at UGA include creating the department’s bomb squad, which serves the Northeast Georgia area, and the K-9 and motorcycle units. He has managed numerous special events including US Presidential visits, large sporting events, and the 1996 Olympics, where Jimmy served as Assistant Venue Commander in Athens.
At UGA, Chief Williamson leads a diverse, highly educated, and highly trained force of professional peace officers. He has served on the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and on the advisory boards for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Regional Academy, the Athens Technical College Criminal Justice Program, and the University of Georgia Criminal Justice Program.
Jimmy worked his way through school as a police officer, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from UGA and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. Jimmy is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course.
A national search to identify UGA’s next Chief of Police will begin before the end of this semester.
Please join me in congratulating and thanking Chief Williamson for his extraordinary contributions to the University of Georgia. The entire University community has benefited greatly from his leadership and unmatched devotion to our students, faculty, staff, and the entire University and Athens communities.
I can’t help but wonder what led to the decision. In any event, scooters, alleys and players with middle names may soon be able to breathe a little easier.