Chief Ronald Davis of East Palo Alto, Ca., says he is the new director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services office, says the San Jose Mercury-News. He would succeed Bernard Melekian, former police chief of Pasadena, Ca., There has been no apparent announcement of the appointment by the Obama administration.
Davis, 50, has been chief in East Palo Alto for eight years. He told the newspaper he is leaving the city on Nov. 8. Davis started his career with the Oakland Police Department and over two decades rose to the rank of captain before taking over in as chief in 2005. It was a bloody and violent year, with 15 homicides in the then city of 32,200 people. The town saw half that number in 2012. Last month, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 210 national organizations, urged Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint Davis, saying that his “stellar background, his keen intellect, his commitment to justice, and his national recognition as an expert on community policing strategies to reduce crime all make him an ideal candidate.”