By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Gary W. Davis Sr., a former police officer who lives on Buffalo Mountain, has thrown his hat into the political ring in hopes of taking a seat on the Mingo County Board of Education.
“With my education and work experience in the judicial system, I believe I am well qualified to represent all of the Mingo County citizens as your newly elected board member,” Davis said. “I truly understand how important it is for of all our children to have a good education, and they need a good, safe, clean enviroment in order to succeed.”
“My wife, Iva, and I were married October 25, 1969. We made our home in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1970 and moved back to Mingo County in June of 1974. While living in Cleveland, our first child, Brenda Lee, was born and I worked for a factory that supplied parts for the Navy called Bailey Meter Company,” he said.
“While working for Bailey Mete,r I received a top-secret clearance from the United States Navy to be a mail carrier between the two factories,” Davis said. “After working the day shift, I went to a police training school in Euclid, Ohio, four hours each evening.”
Davis said his goal was to return to Mingo County and work in law enforcement to improve the judicial system.
“I was offered a job on the Cleveland police force and turned it down to move home to further my career in law enforcement in Mingo County.” the candidate said. “I went to work for the town of Gilbert as a patrolman, then as Mingo County jailer, and then as a Mingo County deputy sheriff during Sheriff Tom Chafin’s tenure.”
“In June of 1984, I went to work for the town of Delbarton as a patrolman and was then promoted to chief of police,” he said. “I served in that position for two years before resigning to start doing security and investigation work as a licensed private detective/investigator, which I did for 14 years. As a licensed investigator, I investigated criminal court-appointed cases for the court-appointed defense attorneys.”
The Davises have five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“The children of this county are our future, and I ask for the chance to serve on the Board of Education to work hard to assure they have the best educational opportunities available,” Davis said.