Executive Staff

ACTING CHIEF DEPUTY DIRECTOR - HELENA WILLIAMS

    Helena Williams

Acting Chief Deputy Director Helena Williams brings 22 years of law enforcement experience to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). She began her law enforcement career as an Officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) during which time she has been promoted to the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant. She has served in four different CHP field commands including Hollister-Gilroy, Capitol Services, North Sacramento, and Valley Division Investigative Services. She has served three times in the North Sacramento office from officer to the rank of sergeant.

Chief Deputy Williams has been called to serve in three different administrative assignments within the CHP including its Academy, instructing criminal law, Risk Management, and Internal Affairs managing the Investigations Unit. She is a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified instructor for the First Line Supervisors Academy, Middle Management Training Course, and the Command Management Course. She has instructed law enforcement professionals on Ethics, Internal Affairs Investigations, Controlled Substances, Impaired Driving, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults, Community Oriented Policing, Sergeant’s Forum, and the Police Officers Bill of Rights (POBR). She was the statewide Drug Recognition Expert Coordinator (DRE) responsible for the direct oversight, training and continued development of at least 2,500 DRE’s representing at least 250 statewide, national and international law enforcement agencies. She has provided countless hours of training to physicians, nurses, school administrators, teachers, middle and high school students, defense attorneys, deputy district attorneys, toxicologists, criminologists, and executive management of allied agencies. She currently is a DRE and DRE instructor.

Chief Deputy Williams believes organizations are successful when employees are valued not only for their achievements and accomplishments but for their contributions. She truly is inspired by the success of others and enjoys being part of their path in professional development. She is most inspired by her family, including her husband, daughter, son and lovely grandchildren.

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”. - Warren G. Bennis