City names oversight and public accountability director

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Brandon Davis Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

After a national search, Brandon Davis was recently appointed as the city of Grand Rapids’ new oversight and public accountability director.

The selection followed a digital town hall that featured the three finalists for the position.

“I look forward to continuing to help to create and improve just outcomes and respectful relationships between public safety and community,” Davis said. “I am proud of the strategic framework the Office of Oversight and Public Accountability has created in partnership with stakeholders, and I look forward to leading this pivotal office in our safe community efforts.”

As oversight and public accountability director, Davis will serve as an additional link between the community and the Grand Rapids Police and Fire departments. He also will conduct independent review and investigations of alleged misconduct by city employees, reports on investigations and public safety outcomes and reviews and recommends policies for the departments.

Davis previously served in the position on an interim basis since the creation of the Office of Oversight and Public Accountability last August. Before that, he was the city’s senior labor relations specialist. He previously served as senior assistant prosecutor in Muskegon County.

The executive position, which reports to the city manager, requires an understanding of public safety operations and their challenges along with the ability to build and maintain public trust while maintaining independence and objectivity.

“Mr. Davis has risen to the top as someone who can help us strengthen community-police relations and our commitment that all people feel safe and are safe at all times throughout our community,” City Manager Mark Washington said. “He has a high level of understanding of public safety operations and their challenges and a proven ability to build community relationships and maintain public trust.”

Davis began his law career in his hometown of Detroit, where he served as a defense attorney and prosecutor. He has a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication from Central Michigan University and a law degree from Wayne State University.

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