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This profile was last updated on 12/24/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Chief
    Ferguson Police Department
  • Police Chief
  • Police Chief
  • Police Chief
    City of Ferguson
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On Monday, David Moss, Chief ..., 24 Dec 2009 [cached]
On Monday, David Moss, Chief of Ferguson Police Department, said he'd received reports that someone had been "prowling around" in unlocked cars in the city.
Those reports had filtered into FPD four of the last five nights before Monday, Moss said.
"That's a lot for one little area," Moss said.
But apparently, nothing is looking very tempting to the would-be thieves.
"Nothing has been taken yet," Moss said.
Moss and Smith both said the best way to prevent your vehicle from being broken into is to lock your car doors and roll up your windows, and to not leave any valuables in plain sight.
Moss said the rash of incidents in Ferguson may be due to the holiday season, since many people leave items such as Christmas presents in their vehicles, and he encouraged people to make sure items such as gifts and shopping bags aren't left in vehicles overnight and in plain sight.
Kentucky State Police: Press Release (Text Only), 2 Jan 2004 [cached]
Chief David Moss, Ferguson Police Department
Ferguson Police Chief ... [cached]
Ferguson Police Chief David Moss said he is "considering" the race for jailer. A seasoned candidate who has tested political waters in the past, Moss said he is thinking about running for jailer  " ... because of what I did four years ago and possible effects of the situation as it is now." Harris beat Moss 8,591 to 4,947 in the 2010 GOP primary election for jailer. The "situation as it is now" to which Moss refers is a civil rights violation lawsuit recently filed against Harris by an ex-assistant.
Moss finished third in a contest for sheriff in 1985 when Sam Catron, a former deputy sheriff and chief of police at Ferguson, upset Sheriff John Adams in the GOP primary election for sheriff.
Moss hired as fulltime ..., 12 Dec 2007 [cached]
Moss hired as fulltime Ferguson police chief
In a unanimous vote, the members of the Ferguson City Council opted to hire Police Chief David Moss on a non-interim basis during a special-called meeting Monday night.
Moss was hired as interim police chief in September, as Ferguson was under the looming shadow of a vote calling for the dissolution of the city government.
Moss had previously served as Ferguson police chief for two and a half years, and was let go shortly after former Ferguson Mayor Jim Muse took office in 2003.
Hwoever, Moss has plenty more law enforcement experience, including five years as police chief of Burnside, approximately three as a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, nine years with Pulaski County Government as Animal Control Officer, and two and a half years at the Pulaski County Detention Center.
Councilor Janie Ping made the motion to keep Moss on board, while Wanda Hunt seconded the motion.
While the decision to keep Moss was made within a couple of minutes, making a decision on his benefit package couldn't be concluded by meeting's end.No decision was made about Moss' salary or other benefits, and the matter was given to the police committee for further investigation.
The newly-hired police chief asked that he get a raise that would put him at the salary of the last police chief.
Moss asked that his salary be the same as the last chief of police - $27,500 annually - starting January 1, 2008, but said that he does not need his health insurance paid for, as it is already covered through his retirement.He also requested that instead of being paid overtime, he could make up the extra hours by taking time off.
"I can assure you there is a lot of court time coming up over the next couple months," said Moss, noting that because of arrests he has made he would be going to court on those cases."I'm hoping after the next couple of months that will all be over."
At the last council meeting, Moss reported that he had made five felony arrests and two misdemeanor arrests since taking over as chief.
Moss said he isn't interested in a position where the city is looking for someone to act as a security guard.He explained that a police officer is an investigator, a servant, and performs traffic stops and neighborhood watches.
However, Moss noted that even if they hire someone else at a lower salary - perhaps $23,000 or $24,000 - and then have to pay insurance, city officials would be right where they started.
"I'm not saying there's not someone else who can do it," said Moss, " (but) I feel like I'm worth just as much as the last person."
Moss also said he didn't expect sick time, but noted he is getting older, and that health problems are often unpredictable.
A decision regarding Moss' benefits will be made at the January Ferguson City Council meeting.
Ferguson Mayor Allen Dobbs and Police Chief David Moss shook hands following the special meeting of the Ferguson City Council Monday night.
Moss was hired on a full-time basis at the meeting; however, the council will discuss his benefits more in-depth at the January council meeting.
Ferguson Police Chief ..., 5 June 2010 [cached]
Ferguson Police Chief David Moss with his now dearly departed cruiser. J file photo
David Moss, police chief for the City of Ferguson, was involved in the wreck that took place on Monday at around 4:30 p.m., at the intersection of the 914 bypass and Parkers Mill Road. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, which worked the accident, Moss was traveling eastbound on Ky. 914 in his police cruiser when a westbound 1995 Toyota driven by Amanda M. Bill, 30, of West Ky. 90, turned left into Boat Dock Road.
Moss said that there was another vehicle on the road that ended up creating a blind spot, meaning that neither Amanda Ball nor Moss could see the other until it was too late. "She didn't see me, and I didn't see her until she'd already turned in front of me," said Moss.
Moss didn't suffer any visible injuries and is "just sore," by his own admission. Unfortunately, his cruiser can't say the same - "It was totaled," reported Moss. Because Ferguson is a small enough town that it really only operates with one police cruiser and one lawman, Moss finds himself in a bit of a bind. The city did recently purchase a 2004 Ford Explorer for its four-wheel drive capabilities in the winter, so Moss is driving that on patrol in the meantime. However, he said that the city doesn't have a timetable on when it would be able to purchase a new cruiser like the one he had (a 2004 Crown Victoria), and with the kind of financial resources that Ferguson has, it's somewhat in doubt as to whether or not that could happen soon. "They'll only get paid (in insurance) what the car was worth when it crashed," said Moss. "It would be a financial burden on the city." If there's a lesson to be learned here, Moss suggested, it's the importance of safety features like seatbelts and airbags. Moss employed both, a fact to which he credits the fact that he's alive and in relatively good health following the crash. "Airbags and seatbelts together are a lifesaver," said Moss.
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