CAU Hosts Official Pinning Ceremony for Chief of Public Safety


Samuel Burston

 ATLANTA, GA – October 17, 2018 -- Today Clark Atlanta University held a brief Pinning Ceremony at the Henderson Student Center to officially install Chief Debra Williams, as the University’s next Chief of Public Safety. CAU faculty, staff and executive leadership were joined by Eldrin Bell, former Chief of Police for the City of Atlanta and Clayton County Board of Commissioners chair; Erika Shields, current Chief of Police for the City of Atlanta; and Clarence E. Cox, past President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), as well as law enforcement officers from other AUC schools.

Chief Debra A. Williams has over 34 years of law enforcement experience. She began her career with the City of Atlanta Police Department in 1983 until retiring in 2011 as a Major in rank. Before retiring with the City of Atlanta Police Department, Major Williams commanded the day-to-day operations of Executive Protection Unit, Narcotics, Homeland Security, Vice, Gangs and Guns, REDDOG, License and Permits, HIDTA Task Force, Property Control, Personnel Services, Human Resource, Finance, Grants Management, Fleet Services and Background and Recruitment Units.

In 2014, she joined the Clayton County Public Schools Police Department as a major. Prior to joining Clayton County Public Schools Police Department, she served as a Senior Police Advisor, and Deputy Team Leader responsible for providing law enforcement instruction, mentoring, and delivery of training programs.

In addition to serving as Interim Chief, Williams will also work with the University to conduct a full review of the CAU Public Safety Department to ensure that it continues to provide a high level of service.

Shirley Franklin, former Mayor for the City of Atlanta, and Keisha Lance Bottoms, current Mayor of the City of Atlanta, sent their regards and commendations.


About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators.  From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community.

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