City of Memphis adds new candidate as process for naming MPD director delayed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Deputy Director James Ryall will serve as interim police director of the Memphis Police Department beginning April 15, the City of Memphis announced Monday.

The City had planned to announce a new police director appointee before the city council on April 6 but decided to extend the timeline.

The extension is, in part, the result of a newly added candidate, Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, the City announced on Twitter.

Davis is currently the police chief in Durham, North Carolina.

CLICK HERE to read her short bio as well as bios of the other candidates.

“As you know over the last several weeks, our team has been diligently working through the process to find a new police director to replace Michael Rallings who is retiring April 14, 2021,” the City of Memphis tweeted. “To maintain the integrity of the process, we will be reconvening the original community panels to interview this candidate and to provide feedback.”


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Deputy Director James Ryall “has had an incredible and honorable career with the Memphis Police Department, I’m grateful to the deputy director for taking the reins and providing steady leadership during this period of transition,” the City tweeted.