Assistant Chief David Clayton is retired.
Assistant Chief Clayton began his career as a police officer in 1984, was promoted to sergeant in 1994, to lieutenant in 1999 and captain in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Wesley College and is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem.
Assistant Chief Clayton has served in the Patrol Division as a police officer, senior police officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. In the Investigative Services Bureau, he served as a detective and captain in the Special Investigations Division and as a lieutenant and captain in the Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant Chief Clayton was the Department’s police officer of the year in 1988 and the Winston-Salem employee of the year in 1998.
Assistant Chief Clayton believes in addressing crime with a holistic crime-fighting approach. He employs intervention and prevention strategies and develops community partnerships to identify and solve crime problems. He believes that collaboration, within the police department and with the community, is the key to reducing crime. Assistant Chief Clayton holds regular department-wide crime meetings to share timely and accurate information, and to develop strategies to address specific crime trends. He collaborates with the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office to ensure chronic and violent offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These strategies have had a significant impact in reducing violent crime.
Assistant Chief Clayton coaches youth football for the Lewisville Titans and previously coached baseball and softball at Northwest Forsyth Little League. He and his wife, Lisa, attend Northwest Baptist Church and have two grown children and one granddaughter. He and his family are avid tennis players and participate in local tennis leagues.