By Clint Parker
Weaverville – Late Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 18) Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey sent a press release announcing that Fletcher Assistant Chief of Police Ron Davis would become the next Weaverville Police Chief.
In the release, Coffey said she “has announced her appointment of Ron Davis as Weaverville’s new Chief of Police. Davis, who will begin his employment with the Town of Weaverville on Tuesday, January 2, 2019 “has served as Assistant Police Chief for Fletcher Police Department for almost eight years.”
Davis, 53, “will fill the role being vacated by retiring Police Chief Alan Wyatt. Davis holds an advanced law enforcement certification and is a certified criminal investigator. He is a police instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and has had numerous roles in law enforcement, including as a police officer, a criminal investigator for the 29B District Attorney’s office, Sheriff’s Department detective, and has served as an international police advisor. Davis is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Army National Guard and as a paratrooper and sergeant of an airborne infantry squadron.
“I am deeply humbled and honored for the opportunity to be part of the fine men and women of the Weaverville Police Department. I appreciate the confidence Manager Selena Coffey has in me and I want to continue to build on the success of those dedicated professionals who have come before in the service of their community,” said Davis. “I am committed to be open and approachable any time my community needs me or has a question. I look forward to serving the businesses and citizens of Weaverville and hope to speak to all of you soon.”
Adding to her statement Coffey said, “We are looking forward to having Chief Davis onboard. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and is very enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve our Town of Weaverville. Welcome to the team!”
According to an April 2011 blueridgenow.com report, Davis is the brother of former Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis. According to the Hendersonville Lightning Newspaper Sheriff Davis, “resigned in December 2011 amid a public outcry over an insurance payment to settle a female deputy’s complaint.”
According to a August 2012 article also found on blueridgenow.com, the amount of the settlement was $90,000 and the agreement contained a confidentiality clause that barred either Sheriff Davis or the female deputy, Pamela Cannon, from discussing the matter.
Also in the April 2011 blueridgenow.com, Ron Davis told Hendersonville Times-News reporter John Harbin that he started his law enforcement career at the Hendersonville Police Department after leaving the Army Paratroopers. He then went to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department. “I stayed at the Sheriff’s Office until 2006 when my brother, Rick, made his first run for sheriff,” Davis told the Times-News. He also served as a police advisor in Iraq, and as an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office the article said.