Davis named Clinton PD chief
CLINTON – After months of research, the Town of Clinton has announced the selection of Anthony Davis as the new Chief of Police.
Davis, who served as interim chief, served as deputy chief until Chief Constable Donald Edwards retired on July 1. He will be officially sworn in on October 5 at the next City meeting.
“Davis was selected after a rigorous recruitment and selection process,” a statement said Friday. “The job posting was advertised in 29 unique publications and attracted over 20 applicants from 9 states.
Once the initial list was established and shortlisted, five candidates were “invited for interviews and assessments”.
Davis has served the ministry for almost 20 years, starting in 2003 as a Patrol Officer. He has held various positions within the ministry over the years, including being a corporal in the traffic division and a sergeant overseeing the neighborhood improvement team.
Mercer made a presentation to keep everyone updated on the process in June. The first step was a job analysis, during which Mercer interviewed stakeholders to determine the specific needs of the job.
At the July meeting, Edwards was honored by Clinton City Council upon his retirement. Edwards received a few farewell gifts, including his surplus weapon and service badge.
Hart shared his respect for the outgoing chef, praising his passion.
“Donald has been a staunch servant of the city for almost three decades,” Hart said. “Donald really put it on. Donald has always been quick to blame and give credit. I always thought that was the mark of good leadership.
“I appreciate the words and appreciate the support you have all shown, not just to me, but to the police department,” Edwards said.
Edwards said his coworkers were what made his job enjoyable. He also praised the city’s department heads. He expressed his appreciation for his family, and their sacrifices too.
“They made my successes so great… successes that I was able to enjoy in my four years (as a chef),” he noted.
“I told someone a while ago that no matter what challenges we face, we always had a good time doing it.”
Edwards started as a police officer in 1993 and rose through the ranks to captain in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Olive College and successfully completed numerous certification and application training courses. of the law, including the North Carolina Administrative Officer Management Program.
Edwards was appointed acting chief of police when he replaced Jay Tilley, who retired in April 2017.
He returned to the Uniform Patrol as a Lieutenant in 2013 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2017. Davis earned a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He graduated from the 27th session of the NC Justice Academy Management Development Program and in 2012 received his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission.
He is principal of the Basic Law Enforcement Training School at Sampson Community College. Recently, Davis was voted “Best Police Officer” at the 2021 Sampson Independent Reader’s Choice Awards.
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