WAVERLY, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia State Police investigation claims a Waverly police captain stole from the town by getting paid for hours he did not work.
There are two sides to every story, and Captain Douglas Davis, Jr. exclusively told 10 On Your Side his side.
In court documents, Virginia State Police say Davis claimed to work hours he really didn’t work and got paid for it. The documents allege that times when he said he was working his his job in Waverly, Davis was working his job as police chief in Newsoms, and then as a drug investigator for the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.
While Davis was employed in all three jurisdictions at once, he no longer works in Newsoms or Northampton County. He is on paid administrative duty in Waverly, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Court documents include these statements:
The investigation revealed Mr. Davis was also claiming a large amount of overtime hours for selective enforcement (giving speeding tickets and DUI’s on Route 460) while working for the Waverly Police Department during this time period. Time sheets collected from the three involved departments showed that on 19 days, Mr. Davis claimed 24 or more hours worked in a single day … he was attending court in Southampton County while he was on the clock for the Waverly Police Department in Sussex County … The investigation revealed that Mr. Davis claimed time working for the Waverly Police Department on numerous days when he did not actually work for the Waverly Police Department those days.
“I feel I was set up, I really do,” Davis said to WAVY.com in the office of his attorney, Daniel Vinson.
Davis believes he was set up by the former Waverly police chief, Travis Christian. According to court documents Christian initiated a complaint against Douglas to state police.
“I think it was retribution against me,” Davis said. “I thought it was retaliation against me.”
Court papers show state police checked Davis’ time sheets from his three jobs and cell phone activity to show he was not in Waverly when his time sheets claimed he was.
“Working three jobs, in hindsight, yes, I probably shouldn’t have taken him up on that offer when he asked me,” Davis said.
Davis said the offer from Chief Christian included changing his status on time sheets from hourly to salary. He said that made his time sheet reporting confusing.
Davis said Christian did not want him to put more than eight hours in a day on his time sheets. If he worked more than that, Davis said he was instructed to assign those hours to another day, even if he hadn’t worked in Waverly that day. So when state police compared time sheets from all three jobs, that sometimes made it appear he claimed to have worked more than 24 hours in a day among his three jobs.
That resulted in another charge from state police.
“I was instructed to put those times down, and it may have shown I was in Waverly when actually I wasn’t, but that is what I was instructed by the Chief to do … he said, ‘you don’t need to worry about your time you work over [40 hours a week] you won’t be compensated. If you don’t work your 40 hours, you still get paid.’”
Davis brought his time sheet and employment status concerns to then Waverly Mayor Walter Mason during a meeting with other police officers at Town Hall. That was months before state police began its investigation. That meeting was recorded, and WAVY.com obtained a copy that is being heard publicly for the first time in our report.
On the tape, you can hear Mason tell Davis he is an hourly worker. Davis asks, “Who says whether I am hourly or salary?” The Mayor responds, “I am. I’m telling you you are hourly.”
That is contrary to what Davis claims Chief Christian told him: that he was a salaried employee. And that makes a big difference on how hours are recorded. Davis said that confusion led to the state police investigation.
However, there’s more.
“[Chief Christian] whited out several time sheets,” Davis told 10 On Your Side.
Davis thinks Christian altered some of his time sheets that are now part of the state police investigation. And Davis took that concern to Mason, too.
WAVY.com confronted Mason about that. Mason knows Christian was altering time sheets because he’s heard on the tape telling police officers that he told Christian not to whiteout time sheets.
“Once I saw he did that, I called him in my office and said, ‘hey, hey chief, you can’t do that. You got to cross it out and initial it.’ And I also told him if he got a problem with your all’s time sheets to call you in, talk to you, cross it out, initial it,” Mason said in the recording.
10 On Your Side followed up with Mason after hearing the tape.
“Well, I felt [Christian] shouldn’t be whiting out anything. He should just cross it out and sign it,” Mason said.
This is a big issue for Davis because he thinks this practice to white out time sheets undermines the case against him. WAVY.com asked Davis if he thinks his time sheets were altered after the fact and before the state police investigation.
“Yes sir, because no one has the originals. No one knows where the originals are on any of the time sheets, everything is photo copied,” he said.
WAVY.com asked Mason what he could tell us about the policy of whiting out hours.
“I can’t, I don’t want to go into all the detail of that,” he said.
Davis’ life is law enforcement, and conviction of any of the five felonies he faces would end that immediately.
“I just got to have faith the legal system, that the justice system will go through the courts, and everything will be seen for what it actually is … I believe I was set up, I really do,” Davis said.
10 On Your side called Travis Christian to get his side of the story. He is now working for the Petersburg Police Department and the Virginia Union Police Department. He refused to do an interview, but spoke to us over the phone.
“I have no comment … it’s the Commonwealth’s case. The investigation was led by the Virginia State Police, and I want to protect the Commonwealth’s case as well as the rights of Mr. Davis. I would refer any questions to Commonwealth’s Attorney Jay Paul.”
Special prosecutor Jay Paul would not return our calls for comment. The Virginia State Police has also refused to say anything more than a news release stating the charges against Davis.
Davis will be arraigned in court November 21.