Davidson names new Police Chief

Penny Dunn – Picture courtesy of the Town of Davidson


DAVIDSON, NC — The Town of Davidson is pleased to name Penny Dunn as the new Davidson Police Chief to replace Jeanne Miller upon her retirement. Dunn will start on July 19, 2017.

The Town of Davidson conducted an eight-month nationwide police chief recruitment process with the assistance of consultant U.S. ISS. We held meetings with over 50 community members, the board of commissioners, the police department, and staff to develop a comprehensive departmental profile to outline the type of person we were seeking for this role. We received 110 applications, and with the help of staff and our consultant, narrowed the field to three finalists through interviews and assessments. In May, the town held a comprehensive two-day assessment center consisting of community, professional, police, and staff interview panels.

Penny Dunn started her law enforcement career in 1986 and has served with the San Marcos (Texas) Police Department since 1989 where she currently serves as assistant police chief. Dunn’s experience in law enforcement includes work in several areas including criminal investigation; day and night shift and specialized unit (including the K-9 unit) command; narcotics; employee recruitment; and cold case investigation.

Dunn received her bachelor of applied arts and sciences from Texas State University and became a Certified Public Manager in 2011. Dunn has been recognized for her public service by receiving numerous awards.

“I look forward to relocating to the area to join the Davidson Police Department and being part of the Davidson community,” said incoming Police Chief Penny Dunn. “I have spent some time with Chief Jeanne Miller to transition into the role and recognize how she has transformed the department – she has such pride in the department and town.”

“We have worked diligently in a national search environment to find the right person to succeed Jeanne Miller as police chief,” said Town Manager Jamie Justice. “We welcome Penny into this role and believe her experience and personality make her an excellent fit for the position. I look forward to introducing her when she arrives.”

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