A new face in the administration of Clinton Police Department has taken shape, as an assistant chief has taken his place and two others have been promoted to leadership lieutenant positions.
Lt. Anthony Davis, who has been with the department since 2003, was promoted to assistant police chief at the end of last month. He began as a uniformed officer 14 years ago, ascending the ranks from there. Most recently, he led the Neighborhood Improvement Team (NIT) as well as another successful accreditation effort for the department.
“I think he’s very well-deserving,” said Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards of Davis. “He earned it.”
Davis, who earned his bachelor’s in criminal justice administration form Columbia Southern University and completed the 11-month Management Development Program at the N.C. Justice Academy, said he was surprised and honored by the promotion. In addition to his duties within the agency, he also works with Sampson Community College as the assistant Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) instructor.
Edwards said Davis was “an instrumental part of the Neighborhood Improvement Team’s success.” Now, as assistant chief, he will be assisting Edwards, while handling the internal affairs component, managing all operations of the department and overseeing lieutenants and other divisions.
“He will assist me in budgeting and planning, and work directly with me on planning and goals for the department,” said Edwards.
Back in July, the department implemented a restructuring of some positions that was laid out as part of a Classification and Compensation Study conducted by the MAPS Group and approved by the City Council. With Edwards selected as police chief in July following an interim period, some positions were shuffled around in administration and Edwards, who previously served as assistant chief, had to fill that position and another lieutenant’s post.
Lt. Alpha Clowney was promoted in July to services lieutenant for a time when Davis was moved up to assistant chief. She now serves as administrative lieutenant in charge of accreditation, records and school resource officers. Sgt. Stokes McKoy was promoted to service lieutenant, effective Friday. McKoy will assume the duties of evidence management and oversee investigations, NIT and Animal Control. Lt. Robbie King, the operations lieutenant, will continue to lead uniform patrol, while overseeing all training and equipment matters.
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