|Highland Heights Police Officer Kim Williams Retires After 27 Years in Law Enforcement.|
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by Robin Gee, city council beat editor
Highland Heights Police Officer Kim Willliams announced her retirement after 27 years in law enforcement. City officials thanked and congratulated her during their first council meeting of the year.
Kentucky State Senator Wil Schroder was on hand to congratulate Williams and present her with a plaque from the Senate honoring her for her service to Highland Heights, Campbell County and the community.
Williams began her career in public service in 1993 as a dispatcher for the Campbell County Emergency Services Department. After eight years as a dispatcher, she decided to further her career by becoming a police officer with the Campbell County Police Department. While there, she was an active member of the Campbell County Police Honor Guard and served on the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Task Force as a drug agent.
In 2013, she joined the Highland Heights police department, where she has served the community for the past seven years.
Highland Heights Police Chief Bill Birkenhauer said she will be greatly missed, "She had a big role here managing the property room and evidence collection. We’re going to miss her; she brought a lot of experience to the table. I’ve worked with her for most of the time she’s been in law enforcement and dispatch, and you couldn’t ask for a better coworker or employee," he said.
The chief noted that in November she saved a community member’s life, and she will be receiving a Life Saving Award commendation from the city. He said, a 61-year-old woman had been experiencing breathing difficulties. Officer Williams responded to the call and performed CPR on the woman for several minutes before EMT arrived and transported the patient to the hospital. Paramedics and hospital staff said that Williams’ actions most likely saved the woman’s life.
Mayor Greg Meyers congratulated Williams on her career and retirement. "We are really going to miss her, miss seeing her smiling face in the neighborhood as she was patrolling our neighborhoods."
He said he recalled working with her when she was on the drug task force and was so impressed with her that he asked the chief at the time if they might get her on the Highlands force one day. He wished her luck in retirement, and said he looks forward to seeing her and her husband, Andy, a member of the Wilder city council, at city events.
Schroder noted, "I first met Kim at the Commonwealth attorney’s office and had a few cases with her and can attest to everything that’s been said. She’s been a great officer, always came prepared to whatever hearing or meeting we had going on, a standup officer that you would want in your community. Being a resident of a nearby neighborhood in Wilder, my family and I have walked through Cold Spring with the kids and had occasion to see Kim. She was always good with my kids, especially my daughter who is at a great age right now to look up to law enforcement...I want to share this citation honoring her for her service to her community and to the surrounding region."
Williams was unable to attend the council meeting, which was held remotely online, but each council person, staff member and official present took turns addressing her to thank her for her service and wish her all the best in retirement.