Darren Pytel became police chief in Davis in January 2015, replacing the retiring Landy Black. Pytel grew up in Davis and graduated from Davis High School in 1987. He became a Davis police cadet in 1983. Since then has served as police officer, sergeant/watch commander, lieutenant and captain, finally taking the second-in-command post in 2013.
Pytel has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University and a Law Degree from Sacramento's Lincoln Law School.
- Keene, Lauren, 2015; Darren Pytel named Davis’ new police chief; The Davis Enterprise, retrieved online 31 May 2021.