Durham Police Chief Hiring Process

Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis meets with media on May 1.
Davis Selected to Lead Durham Police Department

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield has named Cerelyn “CJ” Davis as Durham’s new police chief, and she will start the job June 6, 2016. Davis currently serves as Deputy Chief of the City of Atlanta Police Department.

“I am pleased that Deputy Chief Cerelyn Davis has accepted the offer to lead the Durham Police Department,” Bonfield said. “Deputy Chief Davis, during the course of her 30-year career, has demonstrated a broad array of skills and experience that will serve Durham well at this time. As we know, this is an extremely challenging time for policing, not only in Durham, but also throughout the country. Durham was quite fortunate to have two very strong candidates.”

“I am both appreciative and humbled to have been selected as the City of Durham’s new police chief. I enthusiastically look forward to working with the men and women of the Durham Police Department, to further build a culture of trust and collaboration in partnership with the citizens we serve,” Davis said.  More
City Manager Tom Bonfield has announced the two finalists for the position of police chief of the Durham Police Department. The finalists are Deputy Chief Cerelyn J. Davis, who serves over the Strategy and Special Projects Division of the City of Atlanta Police Department, and Major Michael J. Smathers, who oversees the Field Services Group of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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Deputy Chief Cerelyn J. Davis


Major Michael Smathers