Chief Deputy David Gray started his law enforcement career with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in the State of Georgia in March of 1990. Over the next 30 years he would serve in numerous capacities including, Detention, Detention Sergeant, Patrol, Special Investigations and working narcotics on the FIND (Felony Interception, Narcotics Detection) Unit. Chief Deputy Gray would later serve as Sergeant over the Traffic Safety Unit, Crime Suppression Unit and HEAT Unit before he and his family moved to Arizona in 2007.
Chief Deputy Gray served with the Lake Havasu City Police Department and the Central Arizona Project before relocating back to Georgia in 2011. Chief Deputy Gray would return to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office working narcotics interdiction on the FIND Unit then promoting to Master Sergeant in the Patrol Division before returning to the FIND Unit as the Units Supervisor.
In 2017 Chief Deputy Gray returned to Arizona and went to work for the Quartzsite Police Department where he would promote to Patrol Sergeant, then to Lieutenant. Chief Deputy Gray then served as Interim Chief of Police after William Ponce was elected Sheriff.
In February 2021 Sheriff William Ponce appointed David Gray as Chief Deputy of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.
During his career Chief Deputy Gray has received numerous commendations and awards including the 2016 Deputy of the Year in Douglas County and a Life Saving Award in 2018.
POST certified in Arizona and Georgia
Intermediate and Advanced POST certifications in the State of Georgia.
Certified Jail Officer
Field Training Officer
Trilogy series award recipient through FBI Law Enforcement Executive
National Criminal Enforcement Association member
Over 3500 of advanced Law Enforcement training hours