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Falls Council confirms Davis as new police chief

2/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Acting Cuyahoga Falls police chief, Capt. Jack Davis, was confirmed as the new chief during City Council’s Feb. 10 meeting. Shown, from left, at the meeting are Mayor Don Walters, Davis and Cuyahoga Falls Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2).
Photo: Pam Lifke
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Capt. Jack Davis, acting Cuyahoga Falls police chief, was confirmed as the new department chief during City Council’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Davis, appointed acting chief following the Jan. 1 retirement of Chief Tom Pozza, is a 24-year veteran of the police force, according to Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters.

Walters said he interviewed three other “spectacular” candidates, but “Jack just shines above the rest.” Walters described Davis as a “top-notch” police officer and person.

“Through his history and extensive training — patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, acting chief since Jan. 1 — I think he’s been everything except mayor,” Walters told Council. “I felt he was the perfect person to lead the city. He shared a vision that we have of the great things we can accomplish together with the residents, the City Council and the administration.”

The accolades didn’t end there.

Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-Ward 2) heaped praise on Davis, whom she said she was proud to call a friend.

“He’s open. He talks. He’s honest,” she said.

Pyke also made reference to Davis’ dogged pursuit of the position.

“You’ve wanted this,” she said. “You were like a dog with a bone. You wanted this position and you made it known and I admire that.”

Davis has proved he deserves the position, Pyke added.

Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-Ward 5) said he and his wife, a former Council member, were very impressed with Davis.

“Your pay ladder goes up a smidgen, but your responsibility goes up so much,” Colavecchio said. “You’re doing this for the community. You’re taking on a huge task, and we appreciate it.”

Davis could have remained in the background and made nearly the same salary, but Davis “stepped up to the plate,” Colavecchio added.

Councilman Jerry James (D-Ward 7), who said he has been on Council for 13 years, said Davis has big shoes to fill as he follows Pozza, but he was the best person for the job and has earned the position.

“I’ve known Jack Davis all of those 13 years. I’ve seen him go up through the ranks, and I’ve seen his desire to lead the city as chief,” James said. “He’s been chomping at the bit to become chief, and I think the citizens of Cuyahoga Falls are going to be impressed also.”

Under city charter, the police chief is appointed by the mayor and subject to confirmation by City Council.

In other action, Council referred eight pieces of newly introduced legislation to various committees and approved an ordinance allowing the director of public service to apply for and accept a grant from Summit ReWorks. The ordinance will take effect when it is signed by the mayor.

Council will hold committee meetings Feb. 18 and a regular meeting Feb. 24, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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