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William R. Connors, Public Safety Specialist

William R. Connors

William R. Connors,
Public Safety Specialist

  • Education
    Juris Doctor, New York Law School
    Bachelor of Arts, Fordham University
  • Industry
    Tenure:
 35 years
    Consulting: 10 years
    Local Government:
    33 years

Bill has more than 33 years of experience in policing, 29 of which have been in supervisory and managerial capacities.

Following a 20-year career with the New York City Police Department, Bill retired from the department at the rank of inspector, assigned as the executive officer of the Office of the First Deputy Commissioner. That office directed the administrative and support functions of the department, including personnel, labor relations, training, discipline, budget, and quality assurance. He served as commanding officer of the 52nd Precinct and the Domestic Violence Unit, as well as in the Office of the Chief of Patrol; the Office of Labor Relations; Patrol Borough Manhattan North; and several precincts.

Most recently, Bill was the police commissioner of the City of Rye, New York from 2001 through 2013. He also served as the city’s emergency management coordinator.

As a consultant, Bill has worked on projects with police departments across the nation, in such diverse areas as Reading, Harrisburg, Hazleton, St. Marys, and Ford City Borough, Pennsylvania; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Gilroy, California; Norman, Oklahoma; Cleveland Heights and Oberlin, Ohio; Hastings, Nebraska; Munster, Indiana; Windsor, Connecticut; Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Deerfield, Whately, and Sunderland, Massachusetts.

Bill is a graduate of the Police Management Institute of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He has served on boards and committees of several community and professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Westchester County Association of Chiefs of Police.

Bill received the degree of Juris Doctor from New York Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. He is admitted to the practice of law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.