Colbeck awards Doug Williams with honorary tribute

Sen. Patrick Colbeck awarded a special Senate Tribute during session Tuesday to Doug Williams, who is set to retire after 25 years of serving the people of the state of Michigan.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr. Williams to the Michigan Senate and see his stellar career recognized by the chamber for all of his hard work and accomplishments over the years,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “His community service and leadership will be sorely missed by those he served for over 25 years.”

Williams served in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964 with the 1st Marine and 3rd Marine Divisions, in the 7th Marine Regiment in the Far East on Okinawa and in California at Camp Pendleton. He was honorably discharged on March 8, 1964.

After serving his country as a Marine, Doug Williams decided to pursue a career in law enforcement and serve his community in a new capacity. Because of his skills and abilities, he rose through the ranks during his 25 years of service. His experiences include being Lansing Police Department supervisor (sergeant) and working in both the Patrol Division and the Investigative Division. He commanded the Police Department Dive Team and supervised a special investigative team assigned to work undercover. Finally, he also was administrator of the Lansing Police Department jail.

More recently, Williams has been the legislative affairs chairman for the Department of Michigan American Legion, legislative director for the Department of Michigan Marine Corps League and legislative chairperson for the Commanders Group State of Michigan. In this capacity Doug has worked hard for approximately 274,000 Michigan veterans with the state and federal government as a lobbyist for veterans issues. He has attempted to increase awareness regarding the invisible wounds of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His hard work and dedication have changed the lives of countless veterans.

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