On Tues., February 7, the Affton School District Board of Education approved the hiring of Jason Williams as Safety & Security Coordinator.
In this role, Williams will provide safety and security services to the district, buildings, school grounds, and areas adjacent to the schools to ensure the best possible teaching and learning environment. He will collaborate with the two School Resource Officers (SROs) in the district, as well as with outside agencies, including law enforcement and emergency first responders. Williams will also assist with emergency crisis planning and response and will provide safety and security training for all district staff.
"The addition of a Safety & Security Coordinator to the Affton School District is not just an investment in physical security, but in the peace of mind and well-being of our students, teachers, and community,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent. “I am confident that Jason’s extensive experience and commitment will help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all. We’re excited to establish this new position under his leadership."
Williams’ experience includes over 12 years in law enforcement as a police officer for the City of Maryland Heights and the St. Louis County Police Department, as well as serving as a corrections officer at the St. Louis County Justice Center. In addition, Williams served as an infantry officer and company commander for the U.S. Army with a deployment to Afghanistan. Throughout his service in both law enforcement and the military, Williams has been recognized with numerous awards and commendations. He earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.
“I can hardly contain my excitement as I begin this journey in Affton, and look forward to spending the next few months getting to know the students and staff of the district,” said Williams. “Maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for our children is paramount. I’m honored to have this opportunity and look forward to serving the district and community.”
Williams grew up near the small town of Quincy, Il. He is married with three daughters aged 11, 9, and 1, and he and his wife are expecting their fourth daughter in April. Williams will begin serving as Safety & Security Coordinator on February 27.