2018 Cleveland State University's Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipient: Calvin Williams
Calvin Williams was appointed the 40th chief of the Cleveland Devision of Police 2014. The lifelong Cleveland resident earned a bachelor's degree in public safety management in 2015.
He began his career with the Cleveland Devision of Police in 1986. Upon graduation from the Cleveland Police Academy, he spent time on basic patrol before assigned to the city's SWAT Unit where he served as a patrol officer as well as a supervisor. He also supervised the Fourth District Vice Unit.
In 2005, he became the Cleveland Devision of Police Liasion to the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. He was promoted to Commander of the Third District in 2006, overseeing a bustling downtown and east-side neighborhoods such as Fairfax and Little Italy. In 2011, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Field Operations, where he was responsible for the entire basic patrol section, the Bureau of Community Policing, the Bureau of Traffic and special events for the Cleveland Devision of Police.