City of Vallejo logoAfter nearly three years of dedicated service to the City of Vallejo, Police Chief Shawny Williams has resigned from the City.

“My time with the City of Vallejo has been rewarding both professionally and personally. I arrived at the City during a challenging and controversial period in the City’s history. It was my goal as Police Chief to build collaborative partnerships between the Department and the community. While the Department still has strides to make toward its ultimate goals, together we have accomplished many tasks that I feel have put VPD on the right path to success, and I wish the Department and the City all the best,” said Williams.

During his tenure with the City, Chief Williams and the City have worked diligently with the community, the hard-working members of the Vallejo Police Department, the California Department of Justice and our working Groups on significant reforms of policy, training and accountability. As a result of those combined efforts, the City has experienced a significant decline in officer-involved shootings, use of force incidents and citizen complaints and claims.

Williams began his tenure with the Department in November 2019, after a nearly 27-year career with the San Jose Police Department. “We are thankful for the progressive changes in policy that Chief Williams brought forward during his time with Vallejo, “said City Manager Mike Malone, “and we look forward to continuing our reform efforts and meeting our ongoing goals for service excellence, inclusiveness and accountability.”

The City Manager has appointed Deputy Chief Jason Ta to serve as Interim Police Chief. The City Manager will be working with the City Council and the Community on the process for selection of our next Chief of Police.

”On behalf of myself and the City Council, we thank Chief Williams for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors,“ said Mayor Robert McConnell. “ Now, we will continue focusing on moving this City forward,” he added.