Chief Joe Williams Joe Williams served in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 to 1992. His law enforcement service began with the Yuma County, Arizona Sheriff’s Department from 1990 to 1994; and, continued with the Frisco, Texas Police Department from 1994 to 2007, where he rose from Patrol Officer to Captain, Commander of the Operations Bureau. He was appointed Police Chief with the Celina, Texas Police Department in 2007. In June 2011, he served as a Deputy City Manager and Police Chief for McKinney, Texas until his retirement in 2014. Williams reentered law enforcement in January 2017, with his appointment as Police Chief with the Rusk Police Department.
Williams is past President of the East Texas Police Chief’s Association; Program Manager and an assessor for the Texas Police Chief’s Association Accreditation Program. He has held a Master Peace Office certification since 2003. He is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Certified Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 222), the Leadership Command College of LEMIT, and the School of Police Supervision’s Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), and Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT). He earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University.
Captain Steven Markasky
Steven Markasky is a Jacksonville native, who graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2009. Steven attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville College but later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Steven began working for the City of Jacksonville at the age of 16, where he worked for the Parks and Recreation department. His law enforcement career started in 2012 for the City of Jacksonville.
During his career, he has been promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant and has been assigned as a Field Training Officer, Special Weapon’s and Tactics -Team Leader, Canine Handler, Firearms instructor and Marine Safety Enforcement Officer. Steven also became certified as a Drug Recognition Expert in 2015. Steven currently holds an Master Peace Officer License. Steven has been awarded Officer of the Year in 2013 and Supervisor of the Year in 2019, 2020 and 2022. In 2016, Steven was a recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hero award. Steven was also the ninth person in the State of Texas to complete the Law Enforcement Command Officer Program (LECOP) through the Texas Police Chiefs Association. Steven was promoted to the Operations Bureau Captain in March of 2020. Steven is currently the departments accreditation manager and also assessor through the TPCAF Accreditation Program.
Captain Nathan Winship
Nathan Winship, having a self-employment background in gunsmithing, residential construction, and disaster housing inspections; is a former Jacksonville Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni (2004). Winship began his law enforcement career with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office where he was a dispatcher for two months prior to being hired by the Jacksonville Police Department as a recruit in April of 2008. Winship was one of the first of two recruits to be hired and sent through the East Texas Police Academy as an employee of the city. After completing field training with the department, Winship earned certifications as a Marine Safety Enforcement Officer, Field Training Officer, and recently received certification as a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) instructor.
During his tenure with the Jacksonville Police Department, Winship has served as Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Division. In July 2020, Winship was promoted to the position of Support Services Captain. Winship currently holds an Advanced Peace Officer Certificate, and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Business Administration and Management with Liberty University.