Madison PFC announces 4 finalists in police chief search

Madison police chief candidates
The finalists for Madison's police chief are Shon F. Barnes, Ramon S. Batista, Jr., Christopher A. Davis, and Larry R. Scirotto

MADISON — Nearly 15 months after former Madison Police Chief Mike Koval announced his surprise retirement, the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners has his replacement narrowed to four candidates.

The PFC announced the picks in a press release sent Friday morning. The finalists are Dr. Shon F. Barnes, PhD, Ramon S. Batista Jr., Christopher A. Davis and Larry R. Scirotto.

The PFC will hold a special meeting on Dec. 9 at 5:30 to discuss the final candidates.

Shon F. Barnes, Ph.D

Shon Barnes

Dr. Barnes is currently the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago. He began his career as a patrol officer in 2000 at a department in Greensboro, North Carolina. Barnes is a nationally recognized leader in crime reduction and community-police relations, according to the release.


Ramon S. Batista, Jr.

Ramon Batista Jr

Batista began his career in 1986 with the Tucson Police Department in Arizona and held many different positions throughout that department. In 2017, he was named the police chief in Mesa, Arizona. He’s been recognized for his leadership in building stronger bonds between police and community members, the release said.


Christopher A. Davis

Christopher Davis

Davis currently serves as the deputy chief for the Portland Police Bureau. He was appointed to the department in 1998 after previously working as an officer for the Arizona State University Police Department. He has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, graduated the FBI National Academy and the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Institute. He is also nearing the completion of his master’s degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration from ASU. Davis is also a finalist in the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission’s search for a new police chief. CBS 58 reported that Davis didn’t receive any votes during a Thursday night vote.


Larry R. Scirotto

Larry Scirotto

Scirotto served with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for 23 years. He was the youngest assistant chief in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in the department’s history. He became inspired to become a police officer after seeing childhood friends become victims of street violence, the release said.  He has 14 years of management and executive leadership with the Bureau.