Atlanta deputy chief named new police chief in Durham

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Cerelyn J. Davis has been appointed as Durham’s new police chief.

City Manager Tom Bonfield announced the appointment on Tuesday.

Davis worked for the Atlanta Police Department for 28 years, rising through the ranks of patrol officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. She has served as deputy chief since February 2014, and currently directs the Strategies & Special Projects Division.

Davis will oversee a department which has come under scrutiny in recent years among concerns about a rising violent crime rate, strained relationships with the community and officer involved shootings. The turmoil led Bonfield to ask Police Chief Jose Lopez to resign after eight years in the post.

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