Opinion: Commentary: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: Davis ‘Has Our Trust’

Opinion: Commentary: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: Davis ‘Has Our Trust’

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors released the following statement Tuesday, May 4, in support of Police Chief Kevin Davis:

“Police Chief Kevin Davis was chosen with the full support and confidence of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Following extensive community outreach and input, he was selected after a nationwide search. Chief Davis demonstrated to the Board that he can lead reform efforts, strengthen community relationships, and successfully manage change.

We are aware of the incidents reported in the local media. While they occurred decades ago, we understand the concerns of the community. We expect Chief Davis to respond to questions regarding those incidents in the media and directly with the community and the Board of Supervisors. He has also demonstrated through his leadership that his past experiences have shaped his focus on reform. He has our trust to guide the Fairfax County Police Department through the challenges ahead and build on the reform efforts already made.

As the Chief, we also expect him to be a strong and effective advocate for the types of reforms that are designed to protect at risk communities from police misconduct. The Board will accept nothing less going forward. We know and agree that this is critical to collectively reforming policing and continuing our journey toward One Fairfax.

The Police Chief is hired by the Board of Supervisors and as such, his performance will be evaluated at least annually.