Lufkin's new police chief names an assistant

LUFKIN, TX - Within hours of taking the helm of Lufkin's Police Department, Chief Scott Marcotte names his assistant. "Gerald Williamson is the most professional police officer I have ever had the privilege of dealing with," says Marcotte.  "Anyone who has ever worked with Gerald would concur. He's forward minded and will help develop and guide the Department down a very progressive road."

Lieutenant Williamson is currently over Support Services, which includes the Communications Department, the Traffic Division, Community Policing, Training and Grants. Assistant Chief Williamson is also the Commander of the SRT, which is Lufkin's Special Response Team.  With 22 years at the Lufkin Police Department, Marcotte adds, "Gerald Williamson's experience is unmatched. He also shares my vision for the Lufkin Police Department."  In accepting the #2 position in the Lufkin Police Department Williamson said, "With great leadership in the past, our City and our Department stand out as exceptional. The Chief and I are both driven with similar work ethics. Together we will work to further promote and advance that reputation."

Chief Marcotte took the reigns from retiring Chief Larry Brazil on August first. He had been Brazil's assistant for eight years. On Tuesday morning, Marcotte told his Department about their new Assistant Chief.  That afternoon, he announced the appointment of Assistant Chief Williamson to the Lufkin City Council at its regular meeting.

Assistant Chief Williamson served two years in law enforcement in the Greater Houston area before joining the Lufkin Police Department twenty-two years ago. Originally from Livingston, Williamson made Department history in 1991 while serving in the Narcotics Division. Williamson and his partner were responsible for seizing $250,000 in cash and two kilograms of powder cocaine. Williamson went on to be a Supervisor in the Narcotics and Criminal Investigation sections of the Department.

The father of two grown children believes strongly in training.  With more than 3300 classroom hours in law enforcement related training, Williamson also holds a Master Peace Officer license from TCLEOSE and is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Williamson's appointment as Assistant Police Chief takes effect immediately.