Commissioner Erica Davis apologizes for arrest incident

Takes responsibility for decisions, actions

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 5/14/19

Bradley County Commissioner Erica Davis spoke publicly about her arrest last week, reading from a written statement during Monday’s County Commission work session.

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Commissioner Erica Davis apologizes for arrest incident

Takes responsibility for decisions, actions

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Bradley County Commissioner Erica Davis spoke publicly Monday about her arrest last week, reading from a written statement during the noon work session of the Bradley County Commission.

During the portion of the meeting during which commissioners give reports on their districts and/or committee updates, Davis made the following statement:

“I would like to apologize to my family, my friends, my constituents, my fellow commissioners, my colleagues and the people of Bradley County.

“The events surrounding me and my family that have been made public are embarrassing, and ones I am certainly not proud of.

“As an educator and public official I am rightly held to a higher standard. However, I am still human and capable of making mistakes.

“I deeply regret my recent decisions and actions, and take full responsibility for them.

“I am sorry.

“My family and I ask for your prayers, support, and privacy as we work to put this behind us.”

No one commented after Davis’ statement, and Chairman Johnny Mull called on the next commissioner in line to give his district report.

Davis was arrested for domestic assault following an alleged incident at her home last Wednesday night.

According to the arrest report by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department, Davis and her husband, James, “got into a heated argument.” That allegedly led to Erica pushing James “against a stack of boxes in an office area of the residence.”

“James advised that Erica also scratched his face with her hands while she was trying to take his phone away from him,” the report stated.

In addition, the deputy observed “a fresh bleeding scratch on the right side of Mr. Davis’ face” and fresh welts and scratches on his back.” Erica Davis advised the deputy that she never touched her husband, and that he had allegedly caused the injuries to himself, the report stated.

Erica Davis was placed into custody and transported to the Bradley County Justice Center. She appeared in Bradley County General Sessions Court the next morning and was released on her own recognizance. Her next court date is July 18.

Upon learning of Davis’ arrest, the Banner requested comment from Dr. Linda Cash, director of Bradley County Schools [with whom Davis is employed], and the following statement was sent to the newspaper late Thursday afternoon at about 5 o'clock:

“This morning, the Bradley County Schools were made aware that one of our employees, Erica Davis, was arrested for domestic assault. Dr. Linda Cash, the Director of Bradley County Schools, in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Department is following all policies and procedures related to Bradley County Schools protocols. For more information please contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department.”

The school system did not reply to a follow-up email from the Banner seeking clarification on its policies and procedures related to employee arrests.

Prior to the beginning of Monday’s County Commission work session, Cash, who was present for a budget hearing for Bradley County Schools, was asked by a Banner reporter about the school system’s statement and the Banner’s request for clarification.

“There won’t be any more comments,” Cash said, adding that applies not only to Davis, but also to another school system employee the Banner had sought comment about last Thursday.

Cash said the questions posed by the Banner relate to personnel issues and those issues wouldn’t be discussed publicly.

Cash said there has been no change in Davis’ employment status; Davis remains an employee of Bradley County Schools, as a behavioral intervention specialist.

The Banner also sent a copy of the questions seeking clarification to Troy Weathers, chairman of the Bradley County Board of Education, requesting comment. Weathers has not responded to the newspaper’s email.


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