Captain Robert William was born in Iran and raised in Armenia. As a child, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Glendale, CA where he attended John Muir Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and graduated from Glendale High School.
In 2002, Robert joined the Glendale Police Department as a police cadet and later graduated the Rio Hondo Police Academy in 2003. Robert worked in assignments in Patrol, Special Enforcement Detail, detective in the Burglary and Auto Theft unit and was a member of the SWAT team.
In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant and supervised patrol teams, the Crisis Negotiation Team and the K9 Unit. He also served as the Adjutant to the Chief of Police and was the Public Information Officer. The experience of being the Adjutant to the Chief of Police gave Robert an opportunity to work in the organization from an executive perspective. In this capacity, he built strong relationships with labor associations, community leaders and other city departments. He also worked closely with elected officials, business and religious leaders and represented the Glendale Police Department in organizations, media and public events locally, nationally and overseas.
In 2017, Robert was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and served as a patrol watch commander and later as the commander of the Special Investigations Bureau. He managed the department’s Vice/Narcotics unit and the Eurasian Organized Crime Taskforce. In this capacity, he developed valuable relationships with federal partners and began developing a strategic initiative in combating the national opioid epidemic and minimizing its impact on Glendale’s youth through parent/teen education and outreach.
In March of 2020, Robert was promoted to the rank of Police Captain and became the first Armenian American officer to join the ranks of the department’s command staff.
Robert serves as a member of the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Advisory Committee as well as the Glendale Management Association board. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management and Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Throughout his career, Robert has stayed active within the organization and community. He has participated as a runner for the Glendale Police Department Baker to Vegas running team and cycled the annual Police Unity Tour. He has been the recipient of several accolades including the Divisional Commendation Award, Distinguished Service Award, Medal of Heroism and the Purple Heart.
Robert enjoys spending his time with his wife two sons, cycling and playing ice hockey.