Shawn Jones no longer with Memphis Police Department, mayor says

Shawn Jones no longer with Memphis Police Department, mayor says

Memphis Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Jones is no longer with the department, Memphis Mayor Paul Young said Monday night. Jones was no longer employed by MPD as of Monday.

The announcement comes a week after it was reported that Jones’ primary residence was in Georgia. Young said it was his decision for Jones to no longer be with the MPD, but it was not because of residency issues.

“It was a decision based on what was going to help the organization, MPD, move to the next level,” Young said.

Young said the decision was made in part because of morale issues within the department.

“I mean, since I’ve been in office, there’s been dialogue around morale on the force and things that are upsetting or frustrating people internally and one of the names that kept coming up was (Jones),” Young said.

Young and interim Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis, who was also at Monday’s news conference, both praised Jones.

“We think he’s done a great job for the city, but it’s time to move on,” the mayor added.

Jones’ current residence is listed as Fulton County, Georgia — where he worked before joining the MPD — on Georgia voter rolls, and land records show he owns a home in the county. He recently voted there in late May, the second time he’s cast a ballot in 2024, the Georgia voter registration website said.

The Fulton County home is about six hours from downtown Memphis. Department policy does not require Memphis officers to be Shelby County residents, but they must live in a location that allows them to “report for duty within two hours of notification.”

Davis said Monday that the position was never meant to be permanent and that his role was to come “assist” and support Davis.

“I needed someone who could help me do things that fit the way I worked,” Davis said. “But he never, ever had any intention of living in Memphis permanently.”

Young also said his confidence in Davis as police chief remains high.

This is a developing story and will be updated.