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Eugene police captain chosen as chief for Chicago suburb.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

A Eugene police captain is leaving the city to become chief of police in a Chicago suburb.

Capt. Elvia Williams will begin July 17 as chief of police in the village of Maywood, Ill.

Williams joined the Eugene Police Department in June 2000. She has overseen the patrol and operations support division, and currently is captain of investigations. She also participated in the city's now-defunct racial profiling task force.

"We have mixed feelings about losing Captain Williams' skills and talents, but Maywood has made a superb choice to lead their police department, and we are excited for the opportunity this represents for Elvia," Eugene police Chief Robert Lehner said in a statement released Thursday. "We wish Chief Williams the very best in her new position."

Maywood is home to about 27,000 people, 70 percent of whom are African American. Fifteen percent of the population is Latino and the remaining 15 percent is white.

Maywood Village Manager Robert Nelis chose Williams from a field of candidates. "I picked her because I think she has the best combination of training, experience, expertise and personality for Maywood," he said. "Elvia Williams is a real professional. She brings fresh approaches that will contribute not just to a better police department, but also to a better village."

She began her law enforcement career 18 years ago as a patrol officer in Newport News, Va. She moved up through the ranks, working as a property crimes detective, school liaison, personnel recruiting officer, sergeant and community programs lieutenant.

She holds a bachelor's degree in applied psychology form Loyola University in Chicago and a master's degree in counseling from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. She currently is working toward a doctorate in urban studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

"I am very excited about Ms. Williams coming to Maywood," village Mayor Henderson Yarbrough Sr. said. "The result of our efforts is a police chief who will bring Maywoodians and our police force together to make this a better community for everyone."

Williams was not available for comment Thursday.
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Title Annotation:Government; Capt. Elvia Williams leaves the force to head the department in Maywood, Ill.
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 16, 2006
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