City Council approves Cerelyn ‘C.J.’ Davis for Memphis police chief

WATCH: City Council discussed nominee for next Memphis police chief

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis City Council has approved Mayor Jim Strickland’s nomination for police chief.

Strickland chose Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis for the role and the Memphis City Council agreed Tuesday that she’s the woman for the job. The council voted 12-1.

She’s currently the chief of police in Durham, North Carolina and has more than 33 years of experience in law enforcement.

Last week, Davis participated in a Q&A session moderated by the NAACP Memphis branch. She answered questions submitted by Memphis residents.

Mayor's pick for next MPD Police Chief answers questions from community

When asked about interstate shootings, Davis said she’d like to see more permanent resources dedicated to watching major roadways -- from additional officers and collaboration with other departments to additional technology in high-traffic areas.

“Sometimes when the cameras are up in strategic locations, especially with some of these incidents occurring, it will actually deter some of that activity,” said Davis.

She was also asked about crimes involving juvenile victims and/or suspects. She said she wants to get into the community and offer programs proven effective in curbing juvenile crimes.

If approved, Davis will become MPD’s first female chief and leader of the police department.

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