ZACHARY — Setting a goal of making the city the safest community to raise a family and operate a business, former Assistant Police Chief David McDavid is running for police chief in the Oct. 22 election.

The election was called to finish the term begun by John Herty, who died in March. McDavid resigned his position to run for the office after serving 27 years with the Zachary Police Department.

During his career, McDavid, 45, supervised the detectives, K-9, traffic and communications divisions. As head of the detectives, he said, he made hundreds of felony drug arrests and coordinated undercover drug operations.

Before becoming a full-time officer, McDavid was a reserve officer and a Zachary volunteer firefighter. He graduated from the LSU Basic Training Academy and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Commander School.

A Zachary resident since 1969, he graduated from Zachary High School in 1983 and attended Southern University’s Baton Rouge campus.

He is a member of First Baptist Church of Zachary.

McDavid, a Republican, has three children and one grandchild and is married to the former Sherry Jarreau.

He said he will address traffic issues while preparing for the future growth of Zachary, continue the fight to keep drugs out of Zachary, implement community policing and employ the highest professional standards in law enforcement.