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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Deputy Chief C.J. Davis Named New Chief of Durham Police

Post Date:04/26/2016 1:00 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Deputy Chief C.J. Davis Named New Chief of Durham Police

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed and Chief George N. Tuner announced today that Deputy Chief C.J. Davis has been named the new police chief for the City of Durham, North Carolina. Over her 30-year career with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), Deputy Chief Davis rose from the rank of patrol officer to Deputy Chief of Strategy and the Special Projects Division.

“Our police department is one of the finest in the nation and the appointment of Deputy Chief C.J. Davis demonstrates how we are developing exemplary leaders here in the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “Deputy Chief Davis served alongside many other distinguished women leaders in the Atlanta Police Department. She is a role model for the many women commanders who will follow in her path. I congratulate Chief Davis and am excited to see what she will accomplish in the City of Durham.”

In her current role, Deputy Chief Davis manages several units including Staff Inspections, Project Management, Public Affairs, the Atlanta Retired Police Reserve, Community Liaison, Planning and Research Accreditation, Crime Analysis and Video Integration. She will remain with APD through the month of May and will begin her new role with the Durham Police in early June.

“The Atlanta Police Department is creating dynamic leaders, who can serve in varying leadership roles and positions,” said Chief George Turner. “Deputy Chief Davis is among a distinguished group of former APD officers who excelled and went on to serve as chiefs of police. Her training and background have prepared her to take on this new role and we wish her all the best.”

Under the leadership of Mayor Reed and Chief Turner, five past members of APD command staff have gone on to be named police chiefs, within the Atlanta metropolitan area and out of state. Deputy Chief Davis is now the sixth. During this time, Chief Turner has named four women to leadership positions within APD, including his Chief of Staff.

“I am proud of my 30 years of service to the City of Atlanta. I have had a long and rewarding career at the Atlanta Police Department where I have learned everything I know about law enforcement. I will take my experience and passion for policing to Durham, NC, but will always have a special place in my heart for the City of Atlanta and the many friends I have made over the years,” said Deputy Chief C. J. Davis. “Thank you to Chief George Turner for his support and allowing me to bring fresh ideas to the table and to Mayor Kasim Reed for always uplifting women leaders in the City of Atlanta.”

Deputy Chief Davis has extensive and broad experience, including past assignments in Crimes Against Children, Background and Recruitment, Intelligence & Organized Crime Unit, and the Cyber Crimes Unit. She was Commander over Narcotics, Vice, Licenses and Permits, HIDTA, Project Safe Neighborhood, Weed and Seed and Special Victims. Davis was appointed to the role of commander of APD’s Homeland Security Unit, and directed satellite investigators assigned to the DEA, FBI, ATF and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Davis also served as APD’s emergency preparedness coordinator, partnering with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Anti-Defamation League and the State of Georgia.

Davis previously served as a project manager in the Office of Mayor Kasim Reed, and in January 2012,  was assigned as project manager for the re-organization and transition of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Code Compliance to the new Code Enforcement Section. Responsibility for the Code Enforcement Section was also transferred to the Atlanta Police Department. In this capacity, Davis coordinated Code Enforcement resources to address residential and commercial code violations, while collaborating with APD personnel in crime fighting efforts. Under her leadership, Code Enforcement eliminated more than 4,500 backlogged cases in the first month under APD control.

Additionally, Deputy Chief Davis was featured in "O" magazine in recognition of her significant contribution to public service. Davis was also selected to participate in the O-White House Leadership Project out of a group of more than 3,000 applicants.

Chief Turner will appoint a new Deputy Chief in the next thirty to sixty days.

With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.


For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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