Jennifer Williams first woman police chief of WCAA

IMG_0024Detroit native Jennifer Williams was sworn in today as the first woman Airport Police Chief at a ceremony held at the new Public Safety Headquarters. Chief Williams replaces the recently retired Chief Edward Glomb to lead the police force that provides law enforcement at both Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP).
“I am confident that newly appointed Chief Williams will maintain or exceed the level of excellence displayed by our Airport Police Department,” said CEO Tom Naughton. “Retaining a challenging accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for the last seven years is remarkable, and I expect that level of service to the community to continue with the leadership of Chief Williams.”
Chief Williams is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement. She began her career with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in 1986 and has been with the Airport Police for 17 years, serving as Deputy Chief for the last nine years. Williams is a graduate of the of the FBI National Academy and the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Williams is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is a mother of two with five grandchildren.
“Being promoted to chief, I am honored to earn the opportunity to help and protect travelers and employees at both of our airports,” said Williams. “We have a great team here, and I look forward to continuing to provide an exceptional level of safety and customer service to the airport community.”
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) welcomed more than 32 million passengers in 2014 and is one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, Michigan’s largest airport offers more than 1,100 flights per day to and from nearly 150 non-stop destinations on four continents. In 2010, DTW ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among large airports in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airport Satisfaction Study. With two award- winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. DTW is operated by Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport— an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility. The Airport Authority is entirely self- sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations. Visit for more information.


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