Motlow to Host Deputy Assistant Director of the Secret Service, Lynda R. Williams
The College will host Lynda R. Williams, Deputy Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service, as the guest speaker for Black History Month at the Smyrna campus. The event will be held Friday, February 23, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in MaryLou Apple Building, room 125.
A 28-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, Lynda R. Williams is Deputy Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service. In May 2015, she received a Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment.
Ms. Williams is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. In 1988, Ms. Williams began her career in the United States Secret Service, as a Uniformed Division Officer assigned to the White House Branch. After serving three years as an Officer, she was selected to be a Special Agent and assigned to the Washington Field Office. Special Agent Williams conducted counterfeit currency, treasury check, credit card and bank fraud, and other financial crimes investigations. In 1997, Special Agent Williams was reassigned to the Vice Presidential Protective Division during the Clinton Administration, where she served four years. In 2001, Special Agent Williams was then transferred to the Richmond Field Office, where she continued to conduct criminal investigations, as well as a myriad of protective assignments.
In 2003, Special Agent Williams was promoted as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office. Her promotion served as a milestone distinguishing her as the first African American female to serve as a supervisor in this major field office. In 2004, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, Williams was transferred to Headquarters, where she served as the National Recruiter in the Security Clearance Division. In 2008, she was once again promoted to be the Secret Service’s Country Attaché, Pretoria Resident Office in Pretoria, South Africa. In this capacity she was responsible for all Secret Service operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and five countries in West Africa. Attaché Williams had jurisdiction for 21 countries, as well as oversight of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In 2011, she returned to Washington, DC, after being promoted to be the Special Agent in Charge, Office of Congressional Affairs. In this capacity, she served as the Secret Service’s liaison to members of Congress. In 2013, the Director of the Secret Service appointed her as the Special Agent in Charge of the Recruitment Division, where she was tasked with the responsibility to ensure that the Secret Service maintained the high standards of excellence for recruiting the next generation of Uniformed Division Officers and Special Agents.
In May 2015, Special Agent in Charge Williams was appointed to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service, as the Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources. In this capacity, Deputy Assistant Director Williams currently serves as Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the development, implementation and management of the agency’s security vision, strategy and programs. She is responsible for the security of all personnel, information and physical premises of the Secret Service.
Ms. Williams has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Williams is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). She has received numerous awards and commendations throughout her distinguished career with the United States Secret Service and serves as a mentor to current agency leaders.