Hometown Heroes – This Week

Law Enforcement is a family affair for the Williams family. 

Dan Williams, Navarro County Precinct 2 Constable, was present on Monday as his only son Jay was sworn in as one of the three newest Corsicana Police Officers. 

CPD Officer Jay Williams attended Corsicana ISD schools and graduated from Texas A&M Business School in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  Ofc. Wiliams accepted a position with Navarro College in Student Recruitment and eventually SMU in Dallas.  His career shifted again when he accepted a sales position with All Tex Pipe and Supply – which was instrumental in the construction of the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters, The Star, and most recently the new Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington. 

Jay has always wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement, following in his dad’s footsteps. He has considered law enforcement several times over the past 10 years, but the timing just was not right. In the Fall of 2022 Jay decided to test with Corsicana Police Department to pursue his dream. He passed all of his pre-employment tests and was hired by Corsican PD in Feb. 2023. CPD sent Jay and one other recruit to the North Central Texas Council of Governments Police Academy beginning in March 2023. After successful completion of the academy and the TCOLE State Exam, Jay graduated on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. Jay will now begin the four-month Field Training Program before being permanently assigned to a shift for CPD.

Jay is married to Kristin and they have three children: Kipton, Kennedy and Kallum.

The elder Williams first responder began his career in Wichita Falls after graduating from the Wichita Falls Police Academy in 1981.  He began as a patrol officer and quickly moved up the ranks as a Field Training Officer as well as the Dive and Rescue Squad.  Constable Williams married his wife Tandra in 1983, and shortly after their two children were born, he obtained a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.  Since that time, he has worked for small law enforcement agencies while he earned his Master of Arts in Public Management.  After moving to Corsicana in the 90’s, Dan began as an instructor for the Navarro College Police Academy and ultimately accepted the position as the NC Police Academy Director.  He has been a instructor, adjunct instructor – and worked in all law enforcement agencies in a five county radius – Navarro, Ellis, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon.

In June 2007, Williams tried his hand in international police work.  He stated, “I began doing contract LE with a company called CPI (Civilian Police International). We contracted with the US Dept. of State who in turn contracted us to the UN (United Nations) Peacekeeping Force in Kosovo (Eastern Europe, part of the old Yugoslavia). We had full executive powers as police in Kosovo.”   

He continued, “I worked in Kosovo for 18 months.  However, our main job was to serve as Mentors/Advisers in the Prizren Region of Kosovo. I mentored and advised the Kosovo National Police Major and Captain over the Major Criminal Investigations Division. This unit investigated serious crimes (bombing, murders, kidnappings, sexual assaults, etc.) throughout the Prizren Region.”   

Being the last to leave, Williams finally returned home at the end of 2008.  

After Navarro County Pct. 2 Constable Raychaun Ballard unexpectedly passed away in Aug. 2021, several county officials contacted Williams about accepting the appointment as Pct. 2 Constable. On Oct. 25, 2021, the Navarro County Commissioners appointed me to this position. I began serving in this capacity and in 2022 I had to run for election. I was elected to the position in Nov. 2022 and continue to serve in this position.

Also, sworn into the position at CPD were Jonathan Barrentine and Tommy Ordonez. The trio has begun the four-month Field Training Program before being permanently assigned to a shift for CPD.


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