Leadership Transitions at EPD
Earlier last year, current Chief of Police Kim Stewart shared her intention to retire this summer. Since then, Town Administrator Malcolm Fleming and Chief Stewart have discussed potential candidates to be her successor. For several reasons, the search for a new Chief was focused within the staff already in the Erie Police Department. There is an excellent succession plan in place in the department, focused on building a strategic and community-focused team. Chief Stewart has been thoughtful and thorough in mentoring her Command Staff as part of intentional succession. With this in mind, the Town is pleased to announce the selection of Deputy Chief Lee Mathis to serve as Erie’s next Chief of Police. Chief Kim Stewart will retire on Aug. 30, 2023, and Lee Mathis will be formally sworn in the same day.
Mathis’ law enforcement career spans 28 years and nearly 20 of those have been with the Town of Erie; he joined the Erie Department in 2005. He excels at supervising diverse law enforcement teams, managing complex budgets, and internal—and external—collaboration and communication. During his tenure with the Erie Police Department, he helped guide the department from 12 officers and two support staff to the current authorized strength of 46 officers and nine support staff. Mathis has also led community engagement and strategic planning efforts and was instrumental in creating the Professional Standards Review Panel, the Police Directives Task Force, and the Community Police Academy.
Town Administrator Fleming shared, “I value Lee’s personable approach and long-term vision. His project management and people skills are excellent. I look forward to seeing Lee’s excellence shine even brighter in the future.”
The vacancy of Deputy Chief created by the appointment of Lee Mathis to Chief leads to another important selection. Congratulations to Commander Heather Carmosino, who Mathis promoted to take the Deputy Chief’s position when Mathis vacates that title.
“Commander Carmosino has an excellent base of experience and all the skills needed to be successful as the Deputy Chief of our Department and I am honored to select her for this vital position,” said the current Deputy Chief Lee Mathis. Commander Carmosino will serve as the first-ever female Deputy Chief for Erie.