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Secretary Napolitano Applauds President Obama's Intent to Nominate Grayling Williams as Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement

Release Date: 
November 3, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today applauded President Obama’s intent to nominate Grayling Williams as Director of the DHS Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement.

“Disrupting the flow of illegal drugs across our borders is critical to our nation’s safety and security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Grayling’s years of experience in law enforcement and counternarcotics will enhance our coordinated efforts with federal, state and local partners to interdict drug traffickers and disrupt their links to terrorism and organized crime.”

As Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement, Williams will coordinate counternarcotics policy and operations within DHS, while working with the Department’s federal, state and local partners to detect and disrupt drug trafficking operations.


Williams has twenty-eight years of federal and local law enforcement experience, including assignments in organized crime, operational policy development, intelligence and law enforcement information sharing.

Williams currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Operations Division. He has held several positions within the DEA since 1987—including Special Agent and Criminal Investigator (1987-1996), Special Agent Instructor at the DEA Training Academy (1996-1998) and Assistant Special Agent in Charge and Chief of the Policy and Source Management Section (2003-2008).

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/law enforcement science from the University of New Haven and a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University.


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