Mayor Tim Davlin today announced that he is appointing Assistant Chief Robert L. Williams to be the new Chief of Police, to replace Chief Ralph Caldwell who is retiring. Williams appointment requires the approval of the City Council. He will serve as acting chief in the interim. “I couldn’t be more pleased in appointing Robert Williams to be Police Chief,” Mayor Davlin said. “He brings to the table an extensive list of accomplishments, having served in a number of key positions within the police department. I know he will do a great job as chief and I have every confidence in him.” Williams is a 22-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department having started as a Patrol officer in April of 1987. He has served as Deputy Chief of Professional Standards which includes the day-to-day oversight of Internal Affairs for the entire Police Department. He also has served as Detective/Sergeant in charge of the Juvenile Section. Williams holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and an Associate degree from Lincoln Land Community College. A Springfield native, Williams is married and has two daughters.