As he steps into his new role as chief of police, former Carter County Sheriff Kevin “Mooch” McDavid says the Grayson Police Department is in much better shape than it was when he worked as an officer there more than a decade ago.
“I started with the Grayson Police Department in ’87 or ’86, or something,” McDavid said, explaining he spent 12 years with the city before serving as Carter County sheriff for the next dozen years. “I feel good to be back where I started my career.”
McDavid was hired by the city earlier this month from a large pool of applicants to replace the retired Ed Ginter as police chief. Marlene Stewart had been serving as acting chief.
McDavid said he has spent the past two weeks becoming reacquainted with the department’s personnel and resources, and is initially quite pleased with what he has found in place there.
He said he was uncertain if his time as sheriff gave him any particular advantages in his new role, although he said he believes the experience will serve him well at his new station.
“I don’t know if it gives me an advantage, but it fits right in with the chief’s job,” he said, explaining the sheriff’s desk gave him experience needed for tasks including setting and sticking to a budget. “It will probably be hand-in-hand with this job.”
McDavid, who had been out of law enforcement since being defeated by current Sheriff Casey Brammell, also said he believes the city’s police department has been improved since his early years.
“The Grayson Police Department is sitting better now,” he said, citing the availability of good equipment and officers as well as a quality police station and a better pay scale for the city’s law enforcement team.
“I do have some ideas, things I want to be implemented,” he said, explaining he hopes to make the city’s police department “more community oriented.”
With legal alcohol sales in Grayson for the first time in many years just beyond the horizon, McDavid said he and his officers are already making plans for the best ways to handle any issues that might arise.
“I don’t look for that to be a huge challenge,” McDavid said, noting he is familiar with the state’s laws regarding alcohol sales and maintains excellent relationships with state law enforcement officers who also handle alcohol-related issues, including one who served as a deputy during McDavid’s time as sheriff.
“We should be able to keep on it early,” he said.
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