June 20, 2024

The City of Bedford announces the resignation of Police Chief Jeff Williams, who has accepted the position of Assistant Police Chief with the City of Roanoke, Texas after serving in Bedford for more than three years. His last day with the City of Bedford will be Friday, June 14.

“Bedford has been a great community to work in and the decision to leave did not come lightly and required a great deal of thought and prayer,” Chief Williams said. “Ultimately, I believe this will be the best move for my family, as it will allow me to spend more time at home. Fortunately, through collaboration and the support of City leadership, I am leaving the Bedford Police Department feeling confident the department will continue to thrive.”

One of Chief Williams’ most notable achievements is the cultural transformation within the Bedford Police Department. Beginning his tenure with 16 vacant officer positions, Chief Williams has reduced this number to two, and has successfully worked to retain officers by creating a positive work environment that attracts talented employees. This shift aligns with the department’s vision to be seen as a model of excellence in policing, supported by a community and City Council dedicated to progress and improvement.

Under Chief Williams’ leadership, he has made the city a safer place to live and visit. Response times improved for priority one emergency calls and there has been an increased community presence through additional staffing and traffic enforcement. Chief Williams helped implement a tightened sex offender ordinance, along with an active bystander ordinance which helps prevent street racing. Along with increased staffing, Public Service Officers have returned to the field and have helped remedy chronic parking violations and assist our police officers.

In addition to cultural changes, Chief Williams has prioritized equipping officers with essential tools and equipment, including ballistic vests and shields, functional uniforms, and bicycles. This focus ensures that officers are well-prepared and safe while serving the community.

“We have an excellent leadership team at the Police Department that rivals any agency and I know that they are ready to lead into the next generation,” Williams said. “Additionally, the City of Bedford leadership team has accomplished amazing things to reestablish Bedford as the true center and has the vision and drive to keep Bedford moving and improving.”
The City of Bedford thanks Chief Williams for his outstanding service and leadership within the organization, Police Department, and the community.

Deputy Chief Bobby LaPenna will serve as Interim Police Chief until a new Chief of Police is chosen.