Eric Williams, Former FBI Agent and U.S. Navy Veteran, Named As
Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety
Mayor Michael B.Hancock announced the appointment of Eric Williams as Denver’s new Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety. Coming to Denver from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington D.C., Williams served as an advisor to FBI Directors James B. Comey and Christopher A. Wray as well as Bureau executive management.
In the Deputy role, Williams will continue the Department’s critical work to strengthen the public’s confidence and trust in Denver’s safety agencies. He will focus on fortifying important relationships with the community and stakeholders in order to improve processes and, in turn, improve safety in Denver.
“Keeping Denver’s communities’ safe and protected is some of the hardest, but most important, work we do in the city,” Mayor Hancock said. “Bringing in Eric, a homegrown guy who has a national record for managing law enforcement and strengthening ties with community advocates and lawmakers will directly advance our safety departments. With his experience handling high-level criminal and national security investigations, I am confident that his knowledge and wisdom will continue to strengthen and build up our safety agencies.”
As Deputy Director, Williams will advance initiatives,goalsand objectives for the Department that foster innovation and a culture of inclusivity, accountability and ethical behavior. As a vital resource to the safety staff, he will work closely with the executive leadership, making sure that both public input and mayoral objectives are successfully implemented. He will also have a focus on coordinated activities between first responders across Denver’s emergency response system to support collaboration and efficient operations.
“I am honored to join the men and women who serve within Denver’s Department of Public Safety and to serve in the Hancock administration,” Williams said. “I very much look forward to having a positive impact on the people who live and work in this amazing city and continuing the important work of strengthening our 21st Century safety departments.”
Williams most recently served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, where he worked to advise international law enforcement partners on significant investigations concerning the United States and West African Countries. Prior to this assignment, he spent over a decade in various roles at the FBI. From managing the FBI’s relationship with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee as the Unit Chief in the Office of Congressional Affairs to handling high priority FBI investigations and oversight, Williams has been instrumental in protecting and defending our country at one of the top federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S.
“Eric is a valuable addition to Safety’s executive leadership team who will help advance the vision Mayor Hancock and I have for the future of public safety in Denver,” Executive Director Troy Riggs said. “We must work closely with our internal and external stakeholders, community, business and non-profit organizations, and faith-based partners to take an active role in identifying opportunities to enhance public safety and our residents’ quality of life. Eric will play a key role in those efforts.”
Williams is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver and the metro area. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, School of Law, Boulder, and a B.S. in Criminology andPolitical Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
Denver Heats Up with Summer Opportunities for Youth to EatHealthy, Learn, Play and Work
Summer is here, and the City and County of Denverwants to ensure families are informed about opportunities available for children and youth to remain healthy, safe, engaged in the community and continue to learn while school is out.
“Providing these resources to our young people, especially activities that help them stay active mentally, physically and intellectually during the summer months, is critical to supporting their growth and success,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Through these programs, Denver families have access to a variety of opportunities across the city that connects their kids to summer activities that support their health, education and positive development.”
“During the summer, children and youth, at every age, are at risk of learning loss and disengagement,” said Erin Brown, Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs. “City agencies are intentional in working together to create opportunities that will lead youth to stretch their imagination, embrace exploratory learning, and build a sense of independence and competence while out of school – ultimately preparing them to be successful in the upcoming school year.”
Summer opportunities available through the Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Parks and Recreation, Office of Economic Development, and the Denver Public Library are comprised of activities related to healthy eating, educational and cultural experiences, enrichment programs and employment. They include:
Free Healthy Meals - The Summer Food Service program provides free meals through August 18 for all youth, ages 18 and younger, at various Denver recreation centers, libraries, schools and more. Dates, times and types of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack) may vary at each location. Meal sites are open to the public. Documentation and proof of income or residency are not required.
For a complete list of meal sites, menus and more food resources, call the toll-free, bilingual Food Resource Hotline at 855-855-4626, visit www.denvergov.org/YouthEatFree or visit www.kidsfoodfinder.org.
Summer Learning Opportunities - Youth who Youth who attend summer learning programs are better prepared for the school year. Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put youth at risk for falling behind, a leading contributor to the achievement gap. Summer learning programs are proven to maintain and advance students’ social and emotional skills and academic growth, keep children safe and healthy during the summer, and send young people back to school ready to learn. The Denver Afterschool Alliance is partnering with Blueprint4SummerCO to provide families with access to summer program information.
To learn more and find a program that meets your family’s needs, visit www.blueprint4summer.com.
Take an adventure with the Denver Public Library - The Summer of Adventure program aims to help children improve literacy and learning skills through reading and experiential learning. The program is divided into three agreement groups:
• Children in preschool or younger are encouraged to read, participate in nature walks, dance parties and can earn free books.
• Kids in grades K - 5 can complete reading challenges or attend programs that focus on science, technology, math and engineering skills (STEM).
• Teens in grades 6 - 12 can also complete STEM activities, create items for the maker challenge or take part in exciting technology-based summer camps.
All participants are entered into drawings to win family passes to popular Denver cultural institutions. The program runs through August 11 at all Denver Public Library locations. Participants must register by July 28.
To learn more, visit www.denverlibraryadventures.org.
Free Access to Recreation Centers and Swimming Pools – With the MY Denver Card, youth ages 5 to 18, who live in the City and County of Denver or attend Denver Public Schools can have the “Key to the City!” It serves as both a Denver recreation center and library card. Recreation centers offer structured and drop-in activities for cardholders, including sports and fitness, urban arts and culture, and science and technology. MY Denver Cardholders can also get limited, free access to various educational and cultural facilities across the city.
To learn more, visit www.denvergov.org/mydenvercard.
The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt – Denver Workforce Services reminds young adults, ages 16 to 24, to participate in the 2018 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt. There are no limiting qualifications, and economic circumstances are not a consideration for participation. This is a free referral service to young adults and employers with ongoing virtual job fairs.
For more information, including dates, visit www.Connecting- Colorado.com