FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WAFF) - Update: Mayor Brian Baine confirmed David Davis is the new Fort Payne Police Chief on Tuesday.
Davis was the lead investigator for the Dekalb County Sheriff Office. Former Police Chief Randy Bynum retired on October 1.
Read the full statement from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office:
“Our office would like to extend our congratulations to Chief of Investigations David Davis, on being named Fort Payne’s new Police Chief. David Davis is an outstanding officer and phenomenal leader. He will be greatly missed, but Fort Payne will be extremely benefited by Chief Davis’ true passion for Law Enforcement and leadership that he brings to the table. There is no doubt Fort Payne will be moving forward as Chief Davis will take it to the highest, most professional level possible.”
Original: On December 10th, city leaders interviewed 10 candidates to fill the role.
Only two candidates were chosen as finalists, David Davis and Lee Traylor. Davis currently serves as the Chief Investigator for the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office. Traylor serves as the Patrol Captain for the Fort Payne Police Department.
Mayor Baine said he feels confident in both candidates.
He said he is looking for a strong leader to head the police department and wants to see someone in the position who can improve the relationships between law enforcement and the community.
“Both of them bring different qualities to the table so I know that our council has looked at it and they have been in deliberation and in the interview process. So, I really feel like either way they choose we will be in good hands,” said Baine.
The Fort Payne City Council will make a final decision on Tuesday, on who will be the next Police Chief during at their 12:30 p.m. meeting.