Less than a week before he became the Senate's chief law enforcement officer , Sergeant-at-Arms Drew Willison had an ego-bruising incident with Capitol Police.
Willison arrived at work on April 30 without an ID and was told by officers guarding the doors that he would need to get a visitor badge before going into the Capitol.
Being shooed along under standard protocol by the rank and file likely led to what happened next. Around 6:30 that evening, the SAA's office sent an email to Capitol Police brass with mug shots of Willison and incoming Deputy SAA Michael Stenger, instructing him to "please ensure" that the photos were posted at each division in the department's Uniformed Services Bureau.
"Obviously, we would like to avoid this in the future," wrote Ronda Steward, senior program manager for police operations with the Senate SAA.
Deputy Chief Donald A. Rouillier passed the email along with a simple "FYI" note to his team. Soon, the one-page memo explaining the incident was posted around the campus and at police headquarters to help officers recognize their incoming boss.
Willison seemed to take it all in stride. "I forgot my Senate ID at my desk when I ran over to the credit union that day. The officer did not recognize me, so he did the right thing and stopped me. It wasn't a big deal. I don't know if the photos (standard practice for new officers of the House and Senate) help or not because I almost always wear my Senate ID," he said.