Story by Chris Graham
Doug Davis is getting to know the folks at the Waynesboro Police Department.
Davis, who will take over as chief of police in Waynesboro on Nov. 3, was in town this week to meet with officers and senior leaders at the PD.
He also took care of one other important bit of business – signing a contract on a new home.
“We’ve already sold our house back in Williamsburg, so if this (contract) doesn’t work out, for whatever reason, we’re basically homeless,” Davis told Waynesboro City Council Tuesday night.
“Barbara (his wife) has already told me that we could just sleep in the office, but I hope things don’t get to that point,” he said with a smile.
The 26-year veteran of the Williamsburg police force was named earlier this month to succeed former chief Phil Broadfoot, who left the Waynesboro department on April 30 to take over the duties of police chief in Danville.
Davis was chosen from a field of 78 applicants for the job. He was one of five finalists.
He has since met with one of the finalists that he beat out for the chief’s position, interim chief Bill Maki, and other senior leaders and members of the department to get acclimated to the people that he will be working with.
“Everybody has been really great, no question about it,” Davis told The Augusta Free Press after formally meeting members of city council for the first time at their business meeting on Tuesday.
The best moment of his most recent visit to Waynesboro, he said, came when he and his wife made it to the top of Afton Mountain Sunday afternoon on their way to the River City.
“We looked at each other and said, ‘We’re home,’ ” Davis said.
“After 26 years in Williamsburg, we were worried that it might take a while to get that kind of feeling,” he said.