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Dr. Darrell L. Williams

By gpeterson
Posted on Nov 05 2021

Dr. Darrell L. Williams was appointed by Governor Tony Evers as the State Administrator of the Division of Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) on July 15, 2019. WEM is the lead state agency charged with coordinating the state's efforts for all natural and man-caused disasters. As administrator, he is responsible for the planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, and mission support programs across the state. He oversees a staff of nearly 80 personnel and an annual budget/grants of nearly 100 million dollars. Additionally, WEM has served as the heartbeat of the COVID-19 response and civil unrest efforts throughout Wisconsin. 

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Williams served as the Interim Superintendent of Schools in Beloit, WI and the previous “Turn Around” Principal in Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Williams served in the field of education as a teacher and administrator for over 25 years, where he has demonstrated commitment and shown proven success with school improvements. Additionally, he is a published author and co-author of several articles and book chapters. In recognition of his efforts, he was recognized as the 2013 National Principal of the Year from the National Alliance of Black School Educators. 

Dr. Williams serves in several National, State and local organizations including member of the National Homeland Security Consortium, member of the National Emergency Managers Association (NEMA), Governor appointed member of the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council, Past-President Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators, member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Governor appointed member of the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, member of the Wisconsin COVID-19 Policy Group, member of the Police Executive Group, former Board of Directors, United Way of Rock County, Janesville, WI, member of the NAACP, Beloit Chapter, Beloit, WI and member of the Montfort Point Marines, Beloit-Rockford Chapter #41, Beloit, WI. He is a life member of the Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators and a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 

In addition to his civilian career, Dr. Williams served for 29 years in the United States Army, which included combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he was awarded several decorations for his military service—including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Dr. Williams is very active in the community and a strong advocate for veterans. Dr. Williams was born in Abbeville, Mississippi, but has called Wisconsin home for over 25 years. Despite humble beginnings, Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (1993) from Rust College; Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership and Supervision (1995) from Marian College; and his Ph.D. in Urban Education (2007) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.