Vice President Willard joined the SDPD in 1985 and has worked patrol, crime prevention/public affairs, the detective bureau, the Traffic Division and management.  In 2013 he was selected to be the historian of the San Diego Police Officers Association.

With a grandfather that was a fire chief, and a father who served 44 years in law enforcement before his retirement as a police chief, he's the 3rd generation of his family to serve in the EMS field.

In addition to extensive expertise in forensic video, composite artistry and covert alarms, Vice President Willard holds certifications in basic evidence technology from Mira Costa College, Advanced Crime Scene Investigation from California State University Long Beach and an advanced certificate in crime scene reconstruction from the California Department of Justice.  He's obtained certificates in intermediate and advanced fingerprint classification and identification through the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Vice President Willard is a Cognitec certified forensic video examiner as well as a California State Certified Domestic Violence counselor.

Vice President Willard joined the SDPHA as a Director I in 1997.  He's a charter member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining the board he designed the current insignia of the San Diego Police Historical Association and donated all of the proceeds, more than $200,000 to date, to the museum.  In 2000 he became the associations first Executive Commissioner and served in that capacity until 2002.  He was promoted to his current position in 2004.

As a board member, Vice President Willard has consulted on several historical projects including the books, “1853 Los Angeles Gangs”, “1857 Los Angeles Fights Again”, "Coming of Age Song” and “Images of America, Oceanside Police Department.” He has also provided historical consultation to the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Museum and the Napa California  Police Historical Society.

Vice President Willard has been featured on the CBS news show, "48 Hours", the BBC documentary, "Past Lives" and the A&E show, "New Detectives."

While a member of the San Diego Police Historical Association, Vice President Willard has been formally awarded the following:

SDPHA Service Medal
SDPHA Founders Medal
Commissioners Service Citation
Founding Member Citation
$50,000 in Cumulative Donations Citation
Executive Board Citation
OPH Campaign Citation
Safe Driving Citation
5000 Volunteer Hours

Vice President Willard is a published author having penned “Images of America, San Diego Police Department” in 2005. His second book, “America's Finest, a History of San Diego City Law Enforcement”, was released in December 2006. He is a past member of the prestigious Authors Guild, a 100-year-old professional organization based in New York City.

Vice President Willard is currently working on several new book projects, including a fictional account of San Diego murder in 1941.  His latest history book, "San Diego Police Case Files" a collaborative effort with Executive Commissioner LaValle, was released on July 23, 2012.