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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Police Chief Penny Dunn Announces Plans for Retirement

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Police Chief Penny Dunn announced that she will retire as the police chief for the Town of Davidson effective January 31, 2023. Dunn has served the Davidson community for five years as Chief of Police, strengthening the department significantly during her distinguished tenure. 

“Serving as Chief of Police in the Town of Davidson has always been and will always be such an honor for me,” said Dunn. “Moving to North Carolina in 2017 to accept this position, I was excited to begin work with what I expected would be high caliber officers in an engaged community, but I have since been blown away by the caring professionals in this department, and the residents’ affection and support of the staff.  With the assistance of town leaders and elected officials, it has been so gratifying to grow the Davidson Police Department over the last five years to better serve our community. I know we have collaboratively taken steps together as a town to offer transparent, quality police work that protects all those who live, work, and play in this beautiful town.” 

Penny Dunn started her law enforcement career in 1986 and served with the San Marcos (Texas) Police Department since 1989, eventually earning her way to assistant police chief in San Marcos before coming to Davidson. Dunn’s experience in law enforcement includes work in several areas including criminal investigation; day and night shift and specialized unit (including the K-9 unit) command; narcotics; employee recruitment; and cold case investigation. 

“During Chief Dunn’s tenure, the Davidson Police Department has thrived,” said Town Manager Jamie Justice. “At a time when police departments across the county are under increased scrutiny, it has become clear that the Davidson Police Department holds itself to the highest standards. This is not only evident in the department maintaining certification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), but by Chief Dunn working diligently to create a structure in the department that allowed more leaders to step forward, increased accountability, and strengthened the foundation upon which our next Chief of Police can build.”

Chief Dunn will remain the Davidson Chief of Police until January 31, 2023. More details about the hiring process for the next Police Chief, as well as plans to celebrate Chief Dunn’s transformative contributions to the Davidson community, will be forthcoming.

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