Chief Davies and K9 partner Smilla

Lt. Josh Davies was appointed chief of the Rio Grande Police Department on January 1, 2018. Davies began his career in 2009 with the RGPD, when he was hired part-time. Over the years, Davies said the department has grown tremendously and credits the recent tax levy approval and renewal by the voters as one reason the department is able to maintain the amount of coverage it provides for the Village.

As chief, Davies said he will continue to build on the efforts and the accomplishments of those who served before him and will continue to work closely with other law enforcement agencies for the betterment of the community.

On the unique situation of having two departments, the RGPD and the University of Rio Grande Police Department in close proximity of each other, Davies said he felt it was positive for both departments, as well as the community.

“It’s unique to have two police departments in a small jurisdiction like this. I see it as a big benefit for us to have an officer that close who can respond to assist our officers or help handle any situations that may arise in the village,” said Davies. “Also, it’s a big benefit to have us here to assist them, as well, if there is anything that they may need.”

When asked if there was anything specific he planned to focus on as chief, Davies said, at this time, the heroin epidemic in the county will be one focus of his department.

“Our officers and I are going to continue to strive and move forward on combatting the drug epidemic that we have within our community and our county,” said Davies. “And those that bring that to our community will be prosecuted.”

Overall, Davies credits his fellow members of law enforcement, who mentored and “took him under their wing” over the years, with helping him get to this point. He also thanked Mayor Matt Easter and the Village of Rio Grande Council for giving him the opportunity to show them what he is able to do and that he has the motivation to continue protecting and serving the community.

“I look forward to the future as chief,” said Davies.

“Council and myself couldn’t appoint a more deserving person to fill the position of chief for our village,” said Mayor Easter. “Josh has been with our department from nearly its beginning and his experience and knowledge make us very comfortable with our department’s direction.”

Davies will remain active with his K9 partner Milla, who has been serving on the RGPD since 2012.

In addition to serving on the RGPD, Davies, who was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and then lieutenant in 2014,  also still holds a commission with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and is a certified instructor at the Buckeye Hills Police Academy.

For more information about the Rio Grande Police Department, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Former Police Chief Chris Dodson resigned on November 24, 2017 due to policy changes in his full-time employment with Ohio Department of Natural Resources that prevented him from having dual commissions.