Albany Police Department Lieutenant James Williams is retiring after 30 years of service.
In 1983 Lieutenant James Williams joined the ranks of the Albany Police force, seven years later he became an investigator.
As he retires from the police force, Lt. Williams is leaving behind a legacy. He was instrumental in Albany's first gang conviction and the city's first death penalty sentencing.
"The victims and the citizens of Albany deserve the best from the officers," said Lt. James Williams, Albany Police Department Retiree.
At least 150 people turned out to the retirement service at the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center.
In his retirement celebration program Williams states, "I have truly been blessed to travel this journey for almost 30 years and as I pause and reflect, I must say thank you Jesus for being so good to me and thank you (citizens of Albany) for allowing me the opportunity to serve."
During Williams' going away ceremony he received awards from the city of Albany, Albany Police Department, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation for all he has done over the years.
"Lieutenant Williams is a man who goes an extra mile in order that all citizens of the city and this county achieves the best results," said Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark, Albany Police Department.
Williams says he plans to continue setting an example within the community.