Meet Shannon Edmond Williams
Born and raised in the Lower Richland community, Shannon is a proud graduate of Lower Richland High School. She continued her education at the Art Institute of Atlanta, studying Fashion Merchandising.
In 1991, Shannon joined the City of Columbia Police Department as a Police Cadet. After completing the Police Academy, Shannon graduated to become a police officer. She was assigned to several community-based programs, including CPD’s residential patrol officer unit and community response team, which allowed her to establish long-term and meaningful relationships with the citizens of Columbia.
Through her community service, Shannon found her passion for working with youth. She became a School Resource Officer for Gibbes Middle School and was eventually promoted to Sergeant over the School Resource Officers and supervised numerous Richland One Schools. She received various awards and accolades for her dedication to public service. Amongst her many accomplishments, she was named Officer of the Year for her region, granted the President’s Cabinet Certificate of Appreciation for D.A.R.E, served on the board for the South Carolina Association for School Resource Officers, and organized Safe in the City summer camps for City of Columbia parks. Shannon retired as a Police Sergeant after serving 25 years with the City of Columbia.
Shannon and her husband, Andre Williams, have been married 16 years. They have 3 beautiful children, Madison, Bailey, and Chelsea Williams. They reside in the Lower Richland Community and attend St. John Baptist Church, where Andre is an Ordained Deacon and Shannon serves as a Deaconess.
Shannon and Andre are small business owners and continue to dedicate their time, energy and resources to serving the Lower Richland community and surrounding area.
Shannon has served on numerous School Improvement Councils (SIC) and was recently the SIC chair for her daughter’s elementary school. She is an active member of the NAACP and served as chair for the Youth Division. After retirement, Shannon organized and facilitated Back 2 The Basics summer camp, which was funded and supported by Pastor Sammie L. Wade and the J.U.M.P.S. Organization. Shannon and Andre have organized and hosted community awareness discussions through their Chat & Chew Forums. The Chat & Chew forums have provided a platform for Lower Richland community members to ask elected officials and candidates for public offices important questions.
Shannon is committed to dedicating her efforts to community awareness and serving the citizens of Lower Richland.