Pine Bluff Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones has denied reports that she will be leaving for a job in Georgia.
In a press release Saturday afternoon, Capt. Greg Shapiro quoted Davis-Jones as saying “she has not been offered or accepted employment with the Bibb County Public School System.”
The Macon, Ga., school district’s website includes a page listing “New Administrators for the 2012-2013 School Year.” Davis-Jones is listed as one of the new administrators.
The website said Davis-Jones has been recommended as “Campus Police Chief.”
Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr., said Saturday the information in the press release reflected the city’s position on the matter, and if anything changes, “we will let you know.”
In the news release, Shapiro said Davis-Jones “continues to serve as the Chief of Police for the Pine Bluff Police Department.”
“I had no idea she was in the market to get out of Pine Bluff,” Alderman Charles Boyd said Saturday. “In a way, though, it doesn’t surprise me because of all the controversy and I believe she’s from Georgia so she may be trying to get back there.”
The Bibb County School District operates 45 schools and has an enrollment of 24,968 students.
“It’s basically her decision on whether to accept the job or not,” Alderman Steven Mays said. “It was her choice to come to Pine Bluff and if she desires to leave, that will be her decision.”
Davis-Jones has been with the police department since 2010. She replaced former Police Chief John Howell, who was fired by Redus.
Before coming to Pine Bluff, Davis-Jones was head of public safety at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga.
“She has got to do what’s in her best interest and I was happy for her when I saw in the paper about the new job,” said Alderman Thelma Walker, who has frequently clashed with Davis-Jones on a number of issues and has twice introduced resolutions expressing no confidence in the chief. The City Council has voted down both of those resolutions.
Alderman Glen Brown said he was not aware that Davis-Jones was considering returning to Georgia, but was aware that she was from there “and people like to be around family.”
“Whether she wants to proceed or decline the job is up to her,” Brown said.
Calls to the city’s other four aldermen — Irene Holcomb, Wayne Easterly, Bill Brumett and George Stepps — were not returned.
The Bibb County School District website said 15 candidates applied for the police chief job and “the selection process included review of applications, screenings and interviews with a panel of district personnel and public safety supervisors and officials.”
The board committee meeting at which Davis-Jones was apparently recommended for the job took place July 19.
Messages left for four members of the Bibb County School District Board of Directors, including the board’s president, vice president and chairman of the personnel services committee, were not returned Saturday.