A pastor and former Pittsburgh Police officer has been tapped by Mayor Bill Peduto to serve on the Citizens Police Review Board.
Sheldon Williams of New Homestead served with the police bureau between 1997 and 2007 and is currently the administrative pastor with the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in the North Side. Williams’ appointment, which is subject to council approval, will fill one of the three vacant seats on the board. The two remaining vacancies are to be filled by Pittsburgh City Council.
According to a press release, Williams served as a detective, the city’s senior bomb squad technician, Anti-Terrorism coordinator and SWAT team member and instructor. He is also a certified firefighter and paramedic and works in Emergency Management Readiness for the Air National Guard. Peduto’s pick had to be a law enforcement professorial.
“Sheldon Williams brings just the right balance of experience and integrity that a body as important as the CPRB needs,” Mayor Peduto said
Williams is also a former adjunct professor in criminal justice at Point Park University, combat medic for the Army National Guard, and Pittsburgh paramedic from 1991-1997.