Sheriff Eric Williams grew up in the community and attended college at Indiana State University Evansville (ISUE) which would later come to be known as the University of Southern Indiana (USI). While at USI he served as President of his college fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma and was also appointed by Indiana Governor Robert Orr to serve as the first student trustee for the newly created University of Southern Indiana. Sheriff Williams graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business. Sheriff Williams was with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office for over twenty-five (25) years and held every merit rank possible including appointments as Chief Deputy for eight years under former Sheriff Brad Ellsworth. He was elected Sheriff of Vanderburgh County in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He retired in May of 2014 to take a position with Old National Bank, headquartered in Evansville-Vanderburgh County Indiana. Sheriff Williams serves or has served on the boards of many local organizations, including being a member and Past President of the Board of Directors for Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana, board member for the Red Cross, board member and Past President of Leadership Evansville, board member for Albion Fellows Bacon Center, board member for Marian Education Outreach, board member for the University of Southern Indiana Foundation, former board member for the Southern Indiana Higher Education foundation and many others. Sheriff Williams and his wife Jude are members of St. James Catholic Church. Sheriff Williams and Jude have three children and two grandchildren. His children attended or attend St. James Catholic School, Mater Dei High School, Henderson Community College and the University of Southern Indiana.
A technocrat in the best sense of the word, Sheriff Williams understood the immense benefits of leveraging modern law enforcement technology with the power of informatics. Sheriff Williams’ technical expertise and leadership skills will undoubtedly serve him well in all his future endeavors. The systems, procedures and common sense ways of doing business that Sheriff Williams instituted will inform Sheriff's Office operations for decades.