Davis was demoted and then fired by the APD in 2008, after an internal investigation found that she instructed detectives not to investigate the husband of an APD sergeant found to possess child pornography. A federal grand jury later indicted the man after APD took no action. Davis subsequently filed a gender discrimination complaint against the APD, accusing it of treating her differently than a male officer who was able to keep his job. Davis also appealed the decision to Atlanta's Civil Review Board, which overturned her termination on the grounds of "inconsistent testimony" by one of the detectives in the original investigation. She was then reinstated.Update: This morning, the city announced that it had, in fact, offered Davis the job. She will begin on June 6. From the news release:
“I am pleased that Deputy Chief Cerelyn Davis has accepted the offer to lead the Durham Police Department,” [city manager Thomas] Bonfield said. “Deputy Chief Davis, during the course of her 30-year career, has demonstrated a broad array of skills and experience that will serve Durham well at this time. As we know, this is an extremely challenging time for policing, not only in Durham, but also throughout the country. Durham was quite fortunate to have two very strong candidates.”Related: A bunch of people were shot in Durham last night.