Barnes appointed interim chief<br>
Williams Police Department Chief Dan Barnes is ready to serve the citizens of Williams. Barnes’ first day on the job was Monday. Barnes’ appoint-ment is interim for up to six months.
Barnes’ immediate plan is to continue to move forward with improvements at the WPD, building upon what has been accomplished in the past. Barnes — a Williams resident since 1998 — possesses more than 28 years of supervisory and management experience in law enforcement, security and hospitality and restaurant operations.
Barnes came to Williams to retire. He was surprised when the Williams City Council approached him recently to serve as interim chief.
“I was thrilled. Some 20 years ago it was my dream to retire in Williams and serve the community,” Barnes said. “I know what the community and the city council expects from me as chief.”
Barnes will serve as the interim chief of police for up to six months, until a permanent chief is appointed.
Barnes has no plans for immediate or drastic changes at the WPD. He does plan to evaluate the organizational structure, budget, capitol assets, and human resources while making improvements as needed to improve the operational efficiency of the WPD. He will examine and design an officer proficiency classification system.
Barnes will assess existing technology and continue to move the department towards total in-car communications, dispatch and data retrieval. He plans to improve the community oriented policing program, which will improve communications between the WPD and the citizens of Williams.
Barnes will continue to prepare the WPD for growth of 2,000-3,000 people in the next five years. However, his most immediate concern is getting acquainted with the staff at the WPD.
Barnes is no stranger to Williams. He has volunteered throughout the community as a resident and a Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Barnes has served on the Williams Airport Committee and was a Williams City Councilman for four years.
Currently, Barnes is a member of the Williams Unified School District Board and is the board’s representative on the Williams Alliance Against Drug Abuse. He is a member of the Williams Needs an Angel Committee and has been instrumental in promoting the reconstruction of the Williams Elementary-Middle School playground. He is currently a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He hopes to become a member of the Williams Rotary Club soon.
“I welcome Chief Barnes to this important position. I am confident he has the full support of the city council,” continues Williams City Manager Dennis Wells. “The community comes first in his mind and he is well-received throughout the community. This is a positive move into the future.”
Wells points out that Barnes’ vast experience in coordinating security for major events will fit the needs of a growing community that may soon have a large theme park in the area. Barnes was originally in command of security for the upcoming Family Fun Fall Festival. More than 50,000 visitors are expected in Williams Oct. 6-10 for the FFFF. Barnes possesses seven years of experience in the security business in California.
“Security is a delicate balancing act. We have to determine what organizers want and what the public expects,” he said.
Barnes worked 19 years for the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Phoenix for 19 years, from March 1973 to October 1992. Barnes worked as a patrol officer, criminal investigator, administrative and squad sergeant, pilot, internal investigation supervisor, planning/research lieutenant and was a highway patrol district commander in Casa Grande where he supervised five sergeants, 44 officers and three civilian staff members.
Barnes possesses a large amount of knowledge of the Arizona law enforcement community and has maintained contacts statewide.
Barnes obtained a bachelor of science degree in police administration from Northern Arizona University in 1980. In 1989, he obtained his masters degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition to the 19 years he spent with DPS, he also worked for the Phoenix Police Department from October 1970 to February 1973 as a patrol officer and field-training officer. He was director of security of the San Diego Seaport Village from 1994-1998 and director of security at the Plaza Bonita Mall in National City, Calif. from 1992-1994.
Her served as an aircraft electrician for the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1969. He was stationed in Texas, Vietnam, Thailand and Arizona.
Barnes and his wife, Clara, own Old Smokey’s Restaurant in Williams. Old Smokey’s is currently operated by Clara and the couple’s daughter, Andrea Mendoza. Eventually, Mendoza will operate the restaurant on her own. Their son, Joshua, is a senior at Williams High School. Additionally, Barnes has two sons and a daughter.
Barnes’ interests include hunting, fishing and RVing.