May 25, 2018
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Eric Williams as Denver’s new Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety. Coming to Denver from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington D.C., Williams served as an advisor to FBI Directors James B. Comey and Christopher A. Wray as well as Bureau executive management.
In the Deputy role, Williams will continue the Department’s critical work to strengthen the public’s confidence and trust in Denver’s safety agencies. He will focus on fortifying important relationships with the community and stakeholders in order to improve processes and, in turn, improve safety in Denver.
“Keeping Denver’s communities’ safe and protected is some of the hardest, but most important, work we do in the city,” Mayor Hancock said. “Bringing in Eric, a homegrown guy who has a national record for managing law enforcement and strengthening ties with community advocates and lawmakers, will directly advance our safety departments. With his experience handling high-level criminal and national security investigations, I am confident that his knowledge and wisdom will continue to strengthen and build up our safety agencies.”
As Deputy Director, Williams will advance initiatives, goals and objectives for the Department that foster innovation and a culture of inclusivity, accountability and ethical behavior. As a vital resource to the safety staff, he will work closely with the executive leadership, making sure that both public input and mayoral objectives are successfully implemented. He will also have a focus on coordinated activities between first responders across Denver’s emergency response system to support collaboration and efficient operations.
“I am honored to join the men and women who serve within Denver's Department of Public Safety and to serve in the Hancock administration,” Williams said. “I very much look forward to having a positive impact on the people who live and work in this amazing city and continuing the important work of strengthening our 21st Century safety departments.”
Williams most recently served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, where he worked to advise international law enforcement partners on significant investigations concerning the United Sates and West African Countries. Prior to this assignment, he spent over a decade in various roles at the FBI. From managing the FBI’s relationship with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee as the Unit Chief in the Office of Congressional Affairs to handling high priority FBI investigations and oversight, Williams has been instrumental in protecting and defending our country at one of the top federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
“Eric is a valuable addition to Safety’s executive leadership team who will help advance the vision Mayor Hancock and I have for the future of public safety in Denver,” Executive Director Troy Riggs said. “We must work closely with our internal and external stakeholders, community, business and non-profit organizations, and faith-based partners to take an active role in identifying opportunities to enhance public safety and our residents’ quality of life. Eric will play a key role in those efforts.”
Williams is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver and the metro area. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, School of Law, Boulder, and a B.S. in Criminology and Political Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran.