This post has been corrected. In the original story, we inadvertently printed the wrong year of PARC’s creation. PARC formed in 1998.
The civilian review board for the Knoxville Police Department got a new chief on Tuesday when Mayor Indya Kincannon named a replacement for LaKenya Middlebrook.
Tiffany Davidson will become executive director of the Police Advisory & Review Committee (PARC) as of Monday, November 1.
PARC was created in 1998 after the deaths of four men, three of them Black, in confrontations with KPD officers over a seven-month period. Although all of the officers were cleared of wrongdoing, the Black community lashed out at what they perceived to be a culture of brutality and indifference.
City leaders responded by forming PARC, which provides an independent review of police activity and makes recommendations to the Chief of Police. It is comprised of seven volunteers served by a full-time executive director hired by the mayor.
Davidson, who currently serves as community schools director for the Knox Education Foundation, said that she understands the importance of her new position.
“It’s a huge task,” she said. “PARC has always had a lot of integrity, and maintaining that integrity is something I want to uphold. I want the public to understand that building relationships within our community is not something that can be done quickly. It takes time, it takes effort.”
Davidson earned her master’s degree in criminal justice at Bethel University in 2014. Before that, she’d earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Tusculum College.
At KEF, Davidson’s job has included supervising school-based coordinators, developing relationships with school principals and staff, and assisting with strategic planning to expand the reach and effectiveness of each county school.
“I have spent a large sum of my career learning what it takes to build and sustain relationships between multiple groups of individuals and entities within our city,” she said. “Serving as an advocate and a convener of people, I plan to utilize strategic and intentional efforts to create a sense of listening, understanding, accountability and respect.”
Davidson will serve as PARC’s fifth executive director.
“Tiffany’s passion for children and families and her strong reputation as a community builder make her the perfect choice to lead PARC,” said Kincannon. “Since 2013, she’s served as a tireless community schools advocate and strategist – someone who can bring people together, a trusted leader who respects others and earns their respect in return. Most of all, she cares about our community and fights for equity and fairness.”
Published on October 27, 2021.