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Davidson hires new police chief

Kimber “Kim” Davidson.

Dec. 20.  Kimber “Kim” Davidson has been named the new chief of police in Davidson.

He will replace Police Chief Penny Dunn upon her retirement in January 2023. The town conducted a nationwide search and received interest from 28 applicants.

The new chief

His law enforcement service began at the local level when he served as a police officer in Maryland and the Raleigh Police Department. He then moved into a role with the US State Department, serving in multiple capacities and assignments as a Federal LE Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service. Those assignments included working multiple roles as an investigator, supervisor, and department leader in the US as well as in several foreign countries, including opening the American Embassy in Afghanistan where he was responsible for protecting the President of Afghanistan.

Some of his assignments included collaborations with state and local law enforcement for serious and violent crimes. He rose through the ranks and retired from the State Department in 2019 but was recalled for active duty in 2021 to serve on a Congressionally mandated Accountability Review Board for a special investigation related to the murder of a US government employee in Mexico.

After retiring from the State Department, he returned to his roots in local, uniformed law enforcement. He completed training as an Auxiliary Police Officer in Fairfax County, Virginia where he refreshed his experience, did additional training, and learned the new challenges and complexities facing police officers today. He served as an auxiliary police officer supporting the objectives and mission of the patrol and administrative divisions.

“It’s clear Davidson is a very special place,” says  Davidson, who will start is new role Jan. 20. “I look forward to joining the Davidson Police Department and working with to the men and women of the department to ensure a safe and secure environment for the residents, business owners and visitors contributing to the highest quality of life for this vibrant community.”