Rene Williams

Title: Major
Phone: 803-533-5805
Rene Williams


Deputy Major Rene Williams has served Orangeburg County for more than three decades as a law enforcement officer. Since 1989, Williams has worked for the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office in various roles including:

  1. Deputy Sheriff
  2. Captain of Field Services
  3. Narcotics and Criminal Investigator
  4. Commander of Investigations
  5. Major of Enforcement
  6. Director of Administration

He has also worked as a patrolman at the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety and the Holly Hill Police Department.

Role as an Investigator

As an investigator, Williams was directly involved in or supervised more than 20 high profile murder investigations that resulted in convictions including the 2003 Corvette killer case. Williams also supervised the 2010 investigation into the deaths of Shaquan Duley’s two sons. He was also involved in two Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigations that resulted in more than 50 arrests with 2 defendants receiving life sentences and the seizure of more than half a million dollars in property and cash.

As the Commander of Investigations, Williams supervised the Victims’ Services Unit which was recognized with the 2011 National Sheriffs’ Association Crime Victims Services Award. Also as Commander of Investigations, Williams supervised a narcotics investigation resulting in the seizure of $75,000 in cash and one kilogram of cocaine. Williams was the Major of Enforcement when the agency seized its largest quantity of marijuana and confiscated vehicles, weapons, and electronics.


Williams is a graduate of Claxton High School and earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Orangeburg, South Carolina. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice. Williams holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University, Troy, Alabama.

Williams gives back to his community by sharing his knowledge and expertise as an Adjunct Professor at his alma maters, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Claflin University.

Other Involvements

He serves on the Law and Public Safety Advisory Board at the Orangeburg District 5 Technology Center and the Advisory Board for the Criminal Justice Technology Program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. He is also a member of:

  • Association for Public-Safety Communications Officials
  • Claflin University Alumni Association
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officer’s Association
  • South Carolina Gang Investigators Association
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer’s Association


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