Davis now runs Clinton PD
CLINTON – On Tuesday evening, surrounded by his family, Anthony Davis was sworn in as the new police chief of the Clinton Police Department.
After a months-long search by the Mercer Group, which was used to fill other positions in the city, Davis was selected after what city officials said was a thorough vetting process.
“I am very proud of him,” said Davis’ father Ronald Davis, Sr. “He taught me a lot.”
Her father spoke before pinning Davis’ badge.
“I’ve never had a problem with Anthony,” he said, his voice filled with emotion.
Davis has been working his way up the ranks for several years, holding various positions within the department and assuming increasing responsibility, his last position being as Deputy Chief before becoming Acting Chief.
Just a few weeks ago, after a months-long search, the City of Clinton announced the selection of Anthony Davis.
“The influx of support I have received over the past few weeks has been overwhelming. I think that says a lot about the department’s reputation with the community and the relationships we have built over the past few years, ”said Davis.
Davis was selected after a rigorous recruitment and selection process, City Manager Tom Hart previously noted. The job posting attracted more than 20 applicants from nine states. Hart said that pool has been reduced to five candidates, four of whom have come for interviews and their final assessments before a decision is made.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the new Chief of Police and to lead such an exceptional organization in its next chapter,” Davis said previously. “This is a great achievement for the Clinton Police Department. Being able to start my career here and move up through the ranks shows the value the Town of Clinton places on its employees. “
Davis has served the ministry for almost 20 years, starting in 2003 as a Patrol Officer. He has held a variety of positions including Corporal in the Traffic Division and Sergeant overseeing the Neighborhood Improvement Team.
Davis is the Principal of 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.
Davis received an MBA and BSc in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Alabama, and graduated with Distinction. 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 Education and Training Standards Commission. criminal justice.
Mercer, the company chosen to handle the selection process, made a presentation to keep everyone informed in June. First, there was a job analysis, during which Mercer interviewed stakeholders to determine the specific needs of the job. The process is designed to be both competitive and comprehensive.
“I was kind of unanimous, at the end of the day we were all sitting down, and it’s Davis stacked up really well,” Hart said. “He did very well against the candidates and was ready to lead the department.”
“It really wasn’t a pony show for fun,” Hart said. “If your internal candidates stack up and win, then they stack up and win.”
“We had a large number of people who applied,” said Mayor Lew Starling.
Former Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards retired on July 1 after more than four years as head of the department.
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