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Former Stafford sheriff dies

Retired Stafford County Sheriff Ralph Williams died Thursday at the age of 69.

Williams worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 28 years, in several positions: patrol deputy, detective, and captain of both the Field Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Virginia Forensics Science Academy. Williams was elected sheriff in 1990 and retired in 1999. Williams was credited with initiating new technologies for the Sheriff’s Office, including investigative techniques and volunteer programs, according to a press release.

Ralph Williams was sheriff from 1990-1999.

“Sheriff Williams was a friend, mentor, exceptional law enforcement officer and a true Southern gentleman,” Sheriff Charles Jett said in the release. “He was also an outstanding servant to the citizens of Stafford County. He will be greatly missed.”

Williams died at Mary Washington Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Here’s a full story and here’s the obituary.