Dr. James L. Williams

Dr. James L. Williams

A Palmyra native was recently inducted into the Rowan University Law & Justice Hall of Fame in New Jeresy.

Dr. James A. Williams, who received the honor last month in honor of his distinguished career in law enforcement and justice, still has fond memories of growing up in Palmyra where the foundation of his career was formed.

“Without a doubt, growing up in Palmyra set the tone for so many of the experiences I had during worldwide travels as a United States Department of Justice Law Enforcement and Police Training executive, and chief of DEA Organized Crime Task Forces Worldwide,” said Dr. Williams, who is now retired.

While growing up in Palmyra, Dr. Williams attended the former Lincoln Grade school before attending the former Douglass High School in Hannibal.  

He then attended Western Illinois State College, (now Western Illinois University), in Macomb on a partial basketball and track scholarship. 

He continued law and justice studies at the University of Maryland and Pacific Western University  at Los Angeles, Cali. where he received his doctoral degree in 1996. 

Dr. Williams is a retired deputy associate special agent in charge and chief of DEA Organized Crime Task Forces World Wide for the U.S. Department of Justice.  

He served on diplomatic status as the U.S. Country Attache to the Caribbean and as the senior drug policy advisor to the Central Intelligence Agency before his retirement.

After retirement from the USDOJ Dr. Williams was recruited by the New York Yankees Professional Baseball Organization as the director of player operations.  

See entire story in this week's Palmyra Spectator.