R. Allen Davidson, a 31-year veteran of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office who recently retired from that department, has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the interim representative filling the vacant Beaverdam District seat until a special election is held.
The Board chose Davidson from a field of about 14 candidates who nominated themselves for consideration. He worked for the Sheriff’s Office from 1989 until the time of his retirement in 2020. At the time of his retirement, Davidson was Lt. Colonel and second in command, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.
Davidson now works in the private sector in corporate intelligence and security.
Davidson will be sworn in prior to the Board’s February 9 meeting and will take his seat at that meeting. He will represent the Board on its Agricultural and Forestal Advisory Committee, Cannery Advisory Committee and Facility Space Needs Committee and serve as an alternate on the Finance Committee.
The Beaverdam District seat on the Board was left vacant by the death of longtime representative Aubrey M. Stanley on December 31. The Board has asked the Circuit Court for a special election in November to determine who would fill the seat through the end of what would have been Mr. Stanley’s term in December 2023.
Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Madam Chair of the Board, said that Davidson “bring a wealth of experience in understanding the many facets of government and has extensive experience in budgeting and allocation.”
“Anyone who will spend that amount of time in public safety obviously has a deep and abiding commitment to serving others in their community, and I think that he will serve us well,” Kelly-Wiecek added.
Board members praised the number and qualifications of citizens who volunteered themselves to serve in the position.
“We truly had an embarrassment of riches,” said Ashland District Supervisor Faye Prichard. “We asked people to put themselves out there and the folks who were willing to do that were top-notch.”
Mechanicsville District Supervisor Canova Peterson echoed her remarks and said he hoped that they would be “ready to serve” on Board-appointed citizen committees.
Davidson’s selection by the Board was unanimous.
During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Davidson was instrumental in developing and implementing many enhanced and up-to-date practices to maintain the efficiency and professional growth of the department.
He holds an Associate degree in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class No. 205, DEA Leadership Academy and the US Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program.