El Cajon appoints new chief of police as Chief of Police Jim Redman to retire in December
By Monica Zech
City Manager Douglas Williford announced that Police Captain Jeffery “Jeff” Davis will become El Cajon’s next chief of police on Dec. 5. Davis, a long-time member of the El Cajon Police Department, will replace retiring Chief Jim Redman. Earlier this month, Redman announced that he would retire on Dec. 4.
Davis, 53, graduated from El Capitan High School in Lakeside and attended Grossmont College. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Diego Christian College. He began his career as a police officer with the El Cajon Police Department in 1986. He was promoted to police sergeant in 1999, lieutenant in 2006, and captain in 2011.
During his tenure in the Police Department, Davis served in a variety of roles. Early in his career he served as the School Safety Officer in the Traffic Division, which oversaw the safety programs of 23 local schools. He also served as a Training Officer while supervising Police Recruits at the San Diego Regional Police Academy.
He was a member, instructor and team leader for the City’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. In 2001, as a member of the SWAT Team, Davis responded to active shooter incidents at both Santana High and Granite Hills High Schools.
During his assignment to the Investigations Division, Davis worked in the Crimes against Children Unit. In this role, he coordinated the implementation of a Department of Justice grant to address street level drug dealing on El Cajon Boulevard. He also served as the Department’s Training Manager and recently managed the Crime Analysis Division, which includes the City’s state-of-the-art Crime Lab.
His starting salary as Police Chief will be $169,790.