Fairfax County Police Department Welcomes Newly Appointed Chief Kevin Davis
Today marks Kevin Davis’ first day as Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department. He was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 23rd. Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Dave Rohrer has been acting as interim since former chief Edwin C. Roessler retired in February.
Davis served as the City of Baltimore’s police commissioner from 2015 to 2018. He had previously served as chief of police of Anne Arundel County, MD, from 2013 to 2014, and as assistant chief of the Prince George’s County, MD police department from 1992 to 2013. Most recently he has worked as director of consulting services for GardaWorld.
Davis took over as commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department after a period of protests and civil unrest. During his tenure he established a Department of Justice Compliance and Accountability Division and a fully implemented body-worn camera program. He also worked to build trust with the community and foster transparency by providing information about the department’s internal policies and all police-involved shootings and expanded the department’s police chaplains program, which trained more than 100 faith community leaders to serve as ambassadors in the community.
While serving Anne Arundel County, Davis was the first chief in Maryland to require police officers to train for, carry and administer naloxone to individuals suffering from drug overdoses, and created a Crisis Intervention Team including mental health professionals to respond to calls for service where mental illness or a behavioral crisis were factors.
Davis’s leadership experience includes reform initiatives in use of force, training and technology that have received international attention and accolades.
Davis is an adjunct professor at American University and a lecturer at Catholic University of America. He was recently appointed to a four-year term on the state’s Commission on Judicial Disabilities, an independent body that hears complaints against Maryland judges. He has served on numerous professional boards and commissions and was a member of the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board in Maryland.
He has a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute.
Watch this short video to learn more about Chief Davis.