Now that 2012’s election settled the year-long question of who would be the next mayor, the next changing of the guard is upon North Little Rock in its police department.
Mayor Joe Smith on Saturday appointed former Police Chief Danny Bradley as his new chief of staff, a role Smith played for two decades for retired Mayor Patrick Hays.
"All of his current leave balances North Little Rock chief of police will transfer with him to his new position," Smith said in a Feb. 20 letter to the members of the North Little Rock City Council. "Accumulation of leave time, and other tenure-based benefits will be based upon his total of 33 years of service with the city."
Bradley’s annual salary will remainthe same at $95,194.11.
Besides Bradley’s appointment, Smith appointed Assistant Chief of Police Mike Davis to become the interim chief as of Saturday. Smith now remains at the helm of the 191-officer force.
Bradley retired from the department after serving 12 years as chief. A retirement ceremony was held at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center on Thursday. Bradley had been the longest standing Police Chief at the North Little Rock Police Department.
Bradley has served as chief of the North Little Rock Police Department since January 2001. Prior service includes six years as chief deputy of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and, before that, 21 years with the North Little Rock Police Department where he worked his way from cadet to captain.
He was instrumental in bringing about organizational change to incorporate the principles of community policing in both departments.
Bradley has worked on a wide range of police issues in Arkansas. He was key in establishing the first organized police supervision and management training in Arkansas that evolved into the Criminal Justice Institute which is part of the University of Arkansas system. He instructed in that program as well as having served as adjunct faculty for the Criminal Justice Department of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
He has served on a number of boards and commissions including the Arkansas Bio-terrorism Advisory Committee, the original Arkansas Wireless Information Network commission, the Arkansas Police Corp Advisory Group, the North Little Rock Boys and Girls Club board of directors, and the Family Service Agency board of directors.
His current service includes the Arkansas Crime Information Center board of supervisors, the Technical and Adult Education Advisory Committee for Black River Technical College and the Governor’s working group on jail and prison overcrowding. In addition, he is frequently called on to participate in problem-solving groups addressing various law enforcement issues.
Bradley serves a leadership role with the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police having served five years on the Executive Board—-three consecutive years as president. Under his leadership the organization achieved sound financial footing for the first time ever giving the association the resources to provide training and equipment to police departments in Arkansas and to provide support for chiefs of police in the State. He currently chairs the Legislative Committee where he has helped shape legislation that impacts policing and public safety in Arkansas.
He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and the International Association of Chiefs of Police where he serves on the Community Policing and the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committees. Through his membership in the Fight Crime-Invest in Kids organization, he advocates at the state and federal level for Pre-K education and other issues to prevent delinquency and crime.
He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree and the Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The mayor said he believes Davis will do a good job as interim chief.
"Chief Davis is a wonderful police officer and a very effective administrator. I’m lucky to have an easy decision to make when it came to finding a temporary replacement for Chief Bradley," said Smith. "I have full confidence in his leadership ability and know that the residents of North Little Rock are being well-served with his selection."
Davis began his career with the North Little Rock Police department in 1986 as a patrol officer and has been steadily promoted ever since. His salary is $88,800, a raise from his Assistant Chief salary of $82,500.
"I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve alongside and lead the best of the best within the law enforcement community and to also be a part of the many positive things occurring within this great city," said Davis on his new position. A decision regarding Bradley’s permanent successor is expected to be made in the next few months.