Portland deputy chief chosen for Green Bay’s next police chief

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 10:13 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Police and Fire Commission has chosen the city’s next police chief. Christopher Davis is currently deputy chief of the Portland (Ore.) Bureau of Police.

He was one of four finalists, including two members of the Green Bay Police Department.

The commission says Davis has been in policing for 27 years. He’s a 22-year veteran of Portland’s police department. The commission president, Rod Goldhahn, said Davis stood out for his experience and success in different areas of policing. He was also a finalist for Madison police chief earlier this year and Milwaukee police chief last year.

Goldhahn told Action 2 News Thursday, “You can’t just focus on one thing in a chief, so you want to make sure they have the ability to cover the full gamut of the things you need in a community for them to keep the community safe and keep Green Bay prosperous.”

The police and fire commission said Davis has proven successful in community policing, community outreach, community partnership-based problem solving, training, and officer wellness and support.

Davis wrote in a statement, “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead the Green Bay Police Department. Green Bay is an amazing community served by a great police department, and my family and I are excited to make it our new home.”

Davis will succeed Andrew Smith, who retired in April. Retired police commander Jim Runge has been fulfilling the chief’s duties in the interim.

Earlier this month, Action 2 News talked with Goldhahn about the selection process and public feedback.

City of Green Bay biography of Chris Davis

Christopher (Chris) Davis has served as the Deputy Chief of the Portland Police Bureau since December 31, 2019. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Chief of the Operations Branch. In this role, he was responsible for the three precincts, Youth Services Division and Traffic Division.

Deputy Chief Davis was appointed to the Portland Police Bureau on November 19, 1998, after previously working as a police officer for the Arizona State University Police Department.

In 2004, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Central Precinct and later the Narcotics Unit. In 2013, Deputy Chief Davis was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Bureau’s Internal Affairs Division and later the Traffic Division.

Deputy Chief Davis was promoted to Captain in 2013 and assigned to North Precinct and in 2016, he was promoted to Commander and assigned to Central Precinct. Later that year, he was appointed to Assistant Chief and served as Services Branch Chief. In June, 2019 he became the Assistant Chief of Operations.

Deputy Chief Davis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies and a master’s degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute.

Deputy Chief Davis currently serves on the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s Police Policy and Applicant Review Committees. Additionally, he a member of the Portland Metro Advisory board for the Salvation Army and a board member for the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, which provides memorial services for officers lost in the line of duty.

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