The Davis Police Department has announced the promotion of Darren Pytel to the rank of assistant chief.
Pytel, 44, has been with the department for 30 years, starting as a police cadet in 1983 and later serving as a part-time reserve and bike officer before becoming a full-time police officer in 1990. He had been a captain since 2007.
As assistant chief, Pytel will continue to be in charge of police operations — the uniformed divisions of the department, including volunteers. He also will fill in as needed for the department’s second assistant chief, Steve Pierce, who along with Police Chief Landy Black is temporarily overseeing Davis Fire Department operations following the January departure of Interim Fire Chief Scott Kenley.
“I am honored to be a member of the department’s executive team and to serve in Davis, the city where I grew up and where I continue to live with my own family, including my wife, children, parents, siblings and their families,” Pytel said.
“It is a pleasure to work for such a professional organization as the Davis Police Department, and be a part of a team that takes real pride in how we police this community.”
Pytel’s promotion became effective Feb. 20.