Mayor-elect Stephanie A. Miner today announced that current Deputy Chief Frank Fowler will serve as Chief of Police and current District Chief Mark McLees will serve as Chief of Fire in her administration.
Fowler has served as Deputy Chief of the Community Services Bureau for five years and has been a member of the Syracuse Police Department since 1989. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving three years of active duty and 17 years in the Army Reserves. Fowler received an Army Accommodation Medal during Operation Desert Storm.
"Chief Fowler has displayed exemplary professionalism throughout his tenure with the Syracuse Police Department," Miner said. "I believe that with his professional example, attitude and experience guiding the Police Department we will be able to make progress in all of our neighborhoods."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the new mayor and to build better relationships between the Police Department and city residents, with the goals of strengthening our neighborhoods and improving the quality of life for all residents in our city," Fowler said. "I am confident that together we can rebuild our city street by street and block by block."
McLees is a 24-year veteran of the Syracuse Fire Department and has served as District Chief for nine years. He has a bachelor's degree in fire science from John Jay College in New York City. McLees lectures and assists in hands-on firefighting training programs across the country.
"Chief McLees is an outstanding public servant," Miner said. "He will provide the leadership necessary to ensure the Syracuse Fire Department maintains its top Class One ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating and will continue to be known across the city for its emphasis on providing top-notch 'customer service' when serving city residents."
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Mayor-elect because I share her creativity and her passion for making a difference in Syracuse," McLees said.