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.
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."