Edward B. Williams, 67, passed away at the Hadlow Center Jacksonville on June 22, 2014.
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Ed graduated from Leon High in Tallahassee and received his B.S. degree in criminology at Florida State University. He began his law enforcement career as an officer with the Tallahassee Police Department. His career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began in 1972 when he was hired as a special agent. Upon his retirement from FDLE in 2001, he had risen to the rank of deputy director of criminal investigations.
He then went on to develop and implement the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force by becoming the first director of that program in North Florida.
During his career, Ed attended numerous law enforcement higher education programs, to include the FBI National Academy and FDLE Senior Leadership. He was appointed to various law enforcement committees, to include the 800 MHz Statewide Radio System Joint Task Force, where he served as chairman from 1993 to 1994, and the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies, where he served as president from 1996 to 1997.
In 2005, he was elected to represent six HIDTAs in the Southeast on the National HIDTA Director's Committee, which is an advisory board to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on drug policy issues for the HIDTA Program and the country. In the same year, the ONDCP assistant deputy director appointed him to serve on the National HIDTA Intelligence Committee. This committee reviews and makes recommendations on drug intelligence and information sharing for the HIDTA Program. Further, Ed served as the chairman of the Domestic Highway Enforcement Committee, which is a nationwide strategy that is implemented in nine different regions across the country.
Ed enjoyed his home life with his wife of 17 years and the numerous dogs they had throughout those years. He also enjoyed many travels both for work and pleasure, where he met many wonderful friends and colleagues across the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Berwin and Sylvia Williams.
Ed is survived by his wife Jan, two children and four grandchildren.
A visitation will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Hwy, St. Augustine, FL 32084. The funeral service will be held at Fruit Cove Baptist Church, 501 S.R. 13, St. Johns, FL 32259, at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014. Burial will follow at Craig Memorial Park in St. Augustine.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.
Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Published in St. Augustine Record on June 29, 2014