Mission is good training for new police chief

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The new chief of police in California's third largest city, San Jose, says he benefited from a mission to Argentina and service as a ward Young Men president in preparing for his new position.

Rob Davis, 46, was confirmed as chief of the 1,400-member police department by the San Jose City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 13, it was announced by Mayor Ron Gonzales. Brother Davis was joined at the announcement by his wife, Terry; 5-year-old daughter, Mackenzie; and his 96-year-old father-in-law, Joseph Geovanini.

A 23-year veteran of the San Jose police force, Brother Davis was recommended for the job of police chief by city manager Del Borgsdorf from a list of six finalists.

Brother Davis is currently the elders quorum president in the Almaden 2nd Ward, San Jose California South Stake.

"I am impressed how my Church callings, past and current, have prepared me along my career path," Brother Davis said during an interview. "Clearly, I see how closely police work can be compared with my missionary experiences in Argentina. There, I not only had to develop proficiency in a new language but to be open to foreign customs and cultures, building relationships and trust."

He called his seven years as a Young Men president "the best, most enjoyable calling I've had in the Church."

A native of San Jose, Brother Davis received broad support for the post. Local press coverage during the selection process was extensive, and generally favorable in Brother Davis' behalf. A fellow member of the police department, Sergeant Ron Helder, said, "He's a cop's cop with an open door policy. . . . I think it's an excellent choice."

Brother Davis earned a bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State University in 1985 and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 2003.

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