ROCK HILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – Retired Detective-Sergeant William “Willie” Burris who served the City of Rock Hill for over 41 years with the Rock Hill Police Department before retiring in 2010 has passed away. Willie began his career the day after his 27th birthday in 1969 and climbed through the ranks. In 1987 he was promoted to Detective-Sergeant.
The Rock Hill Police Department said, “Willie became a staple in the Criminal Investigations Division where he worked until his last day before retiring. Willie was well known not only in the department but also throughout all of Rock Hill. Willie leaves behind a legacy of being soft spoken, friendly, yet stern when needed. His calm temperament could often defuse tense situations. This attribute was often imparted on younger officers around him. Willie offered guidance explaining the many changes in policing he had seen throughout his lasting career. For all those that served with Willie, it was truly a pleasure to have him as a co-worker, partner, and friend.”
Chief Watts and the Rock Hill Police Department offers condolences to Willie’s Family and Friends and consider themselves fortunate that Willie chose to serve honorably for so many years.